Uncontested Divorce – This may be the easiest option and least expensive option, but you should talk to the attorney before you decide.
When lawyers in our circuit talk about an “Uncontested Divorce,” we mean a divorce where the wife and the husband agreed on all terms of their divorce and they both signed a settlement agreement. The terms of divorce include:
- Child Custody
- Child Support
- Division of Marital Property
- Division of Marital Debt
- Attorney’s Fees
If you decide that you want to file an uncontested divorce, you will work directly with the attorney to decide on a fair agreement that includes all of these terms. Then the attorney will write all of the legal documents needed and file them with the Court. YOU DO NOT NEED TO GO TO COURT.
Contested Divorce – This option applies where the wife and husband cannot agree on one or more of the terms of the divorce.
The first thing you will do before you file a petition for a contested divorce is consult with a lawyer! A lawyer has a lot of tools at her disposal to make sure that your interests are protected.
- if you have children, your lawyer can advise you on how to determine what is in your children’s best interests and how to prove it to the Court
- if you are concerned that your spouse may be hiding assets, your attorney can help you determine what the assets are and what they are worth
- IF you and your spouse own a small business, the lawyer can help you determine what a fair division of that business would be and how to present your proposal to the Court
- If you are considering bankruptcy, your lawyer can help you decide how to best time your bankruptcy. Just like every marriage is unique, every divorce situation has its own unique set of challenges, decisions, and problems to be resolved. A seasoned family law attorney can help you find your own path through the maze.
Military Divorce – Divorces for military personnel involve unique aspects of federal law, state law, and military regulations.
In your initial consultation with Ms. Wallace, she will address items that may be of concern to you, including:
- Division of Military Retired Pay
- Military Benefits, including continued health care and survivor benefits
- Calculation of child support for military personnel
- Separation prior to divorce