Do I Hire a Divorce Lawyer Before She Does?
This is a question my staff gets every day. Whether you know for sure your marriage is over, or you just have a feeling something is wrong. When divorce is lurking, this question is one of those first questions you ask yourself. The answer is typically no. If you live in different states then the answer is maybe.
It won’t be your only question. You probably have a half dozen or more. Before we start answering all of them, let’s review some important numbers about this legal thing called divorce.
You have to trust me, these numbers are as important as the divorce or custody laws. This is your first, or second divorce. Maybe a third if you are a hopeless romantic. This is our twelfth divorce this month. A number we have averaged every month for over 15 years. We aren’t just lawyers. We are divorce lawyers who know what you need to learn and the best way to learn it. So, let’s get started.
There are 2 ways to divorce; uncontested or contested. There are 5 areas to resolve in a divorce; child custody, child support, division of debts, division or assets, and spousal support. There are 3 divorces; legal, financial and emotional. There are 12 main divorce questions. And, there are 8 divorce myths your friends will tell you about, which are simply not true in Las Vegas or Nevada.
2 Ways to Divorce
If you and your spouse can agree on all the terms of the divorce then you can file an uncontested divorce. If you cannot agree then you present your side to the judge, they present their case and the judge makes the decision. I can’t describe the divorce process any simpler than that.
5 Areas of Divorce
Not every divorce will involve all five of these areas; child custody, child support, division of debts, division or assets, and spousal support. If you don’t have children, you oblivious don’t need to worry about child custody or child support. Debts, assets and spousal support will need to be discussed, even if you have none.
Over the years we have helped thousand’s with the legal and financial aspects of divorce. We can handle the legal process and paperwork. We can help you transition financially to your new life. But, these two divorces are easy compared with the emotional divorce that one spouse typically goes through. Learn how to handle the emotional divorce. This is important so be sure to read it.
12 Divorce Questions
You will have streams of questions; who will stay in the home, how is the money divided, where will the kids live, will I pay spousal support. This is normal and getting answers is part of the “uncoupling” process. Let’s review the main questions you will have.
- Can we file paperwork ourselves?
- What is the difference between divorce and legal separation?
- Do mothers automatically get custody of the children?
- Can I relocate to another state with the children?
- How much will he pay in child support?
- My name is on the house, can I change the locks?
- Who pays the bills?
- Do I really need to divide my 401(k)?
- Will he have to pay spousal support?
- He cheated, does the court care?
- How long does a divorce take?
- How much does a divorce cost?
8 Divorce Myths
Myths and urban legends run rampant through the Las Vegas Family Court; “mothers always get primary custody,” “all we have is separate bank accounts,” “she signed a quit claim deed, so the house is mine.” Let’s dispel these myths.
- I should file divorce papers first
- She agreed to my offer, so we don’t need an attorney or judge
- He caused the divorce, so he should pay the attorney fees
- If I leave the house I am abandoning my kids and my rights
- The house is in my name, so I keep it
- We have separate bank accounts, so no need to divide them
- Judges prefer mothers
- I take care of the kids, so I should get primary custody
Have more questions? Maybe you should call us. Our divorce lawyers or staff will help find you answers. Another good option is to download our Divorce & Child Custody Guide. The guide is filled with tons of information about the divorce process, explains the legal jargon, and contains pages of Q&A.
Choosing the Right Lawyer. The assistance of a good divorce lawyer can make all the difference between an easy “uncoupling” or a “divorce war.” Some attorneys are only interested in charging fees. Our family law attorneys are more interested in helping. We don’t mine explaining legal jargon, offering financial suggestion, or providing you emotional guidance.
We believe a divorce attorney or custody attorney should be more than an aggressive litigator looking to rack up fees. We also believe the best way to serve you, is to appreciate your situation, explain your options, and guide you through the process.
Need proof this is more than talk? Talk a look at our customer reviews on Google, Facebook, or Avvo. Our passion and expertise in handling divorces and custody cases is evidenced by our long list of satisfied clients. We have been customer approved!
Wrong Marriage? Contact RIGHT Lawyers. Call (702) 914-0400 to talk with my staff to schedule an initial divorce or child custody consultation.