Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Why do I need a divorce attorney?

A: Even a simple divorce can be complicated if you do not know what you are doing. Court papers must be completed properly, filed in the right location and served on the right parties. Also, an agreement that might seem adequate now may go against your legal rights and you may end up having to live with a bad agreement for years to come. A licensed divorce attorney can help you understand and protect your rights and can make sure all documents are properly prepared and filed. Your attorney can also help you after the divorce if things go wrong or agreements are not honored.

Q: What is an uncontested divorce?

A: An uncontested divorce is a divorce where the parties either agree to all the terms of the divorce, or where the defendant does not show up to defend the divorce. Uncontested divorces do not necessarily mean the person suing for divorce gets everything he or she wants. The court still has to make sure proper processes were followed, jurisdiction is proper and that any children involved are properly protected.

Q: Will my divorce be quick and easy since I don’t have children?

A: Every divorce case is unique. Even without children, there can be complicated issues to resolve. Depending on the length of the marriage, the position of the parties involved, any premarital agreements, grounds for the divorce and other issues, there may be significant financial repercussions to consider.

Q: Who has to pay alimony?

A: The rules on alimony differ from state to state. To fully understand alimony and how it might affect your particular situation, request a free call from licensed local attorneys by completing the form on this website.

Q: Who gets custody of the children?

A: Custody determinations are based on a variety of factors, but always focus on what is best for the children. Every custody situation is unique. The best way to understand custody issues is to talk to a licensed local attorney. Complete the short form on this website and talk to local attorneys free of charge.

Q: Will I get half of everything (or lose half of everything) if I get divorced?

A: Some states are “community property” states where the general rule is that property acquired during marriage is owned jointly by the spouses and divided equally during the divorce.Other states are “equitable distribution” states where property is divided on an equitable (fairness) basis. Of course, there are many exceptions and qualifications to the general rule, so make sure you talk to a licensed attorney to see how the rules will affect your situation.