Are uncertainties starting to appear in your marriage? Are you considering divorce? Or do you think your spouse is about to serve you with divorce litigation? Many soon-to-be divorced spouses know that their marriage is about to end long before paperwork is even filed. If you suspect your marriage is headed for divorce, you may be able to save yourself time, money, and stress by consulting with a knowledgeable family law attorney as soon as possible.
Here are some of the most important questions you should ask an Ohio divorce lawyer:
- How should I prepare for divorce? Unless you have a degree in family law, you probably have no idea what is coming or where to begin. Be candid with your attorney and ask them to help you prepare for your divorce. Generally, you will want to try and resolve your differences with your spouse as amicably as possible. By choosing a dissolution or uncontested divorce, you can reduce cost and emotional turmoil. Additionally, peaceful resolutions like mediation and collaborative divorce are quicker and can minimize the impact of divorce on your children. Next, your lawyer will explain the importance of getting organized. It is a good idea to assemble a list of marital and non-marital debt, assets, and property ahead of time. You should gather a list of your most up-to-date state and federal tax returns, pay stubs, W2’s, bank account statements, car loan statements, insurance policies, retirement accounts, brokerage accounts, credit card statements, mortgage statements, etc.
- Do I have to go to court? The question on everyone’s mind when it comes to divorce is always: Will I have to go to court? Every divorce case is different. Ultimately, it comes down to whether your divorce is contested. If you and your spouse can agree on issues such as spousal support, custody, and division of property, dissolving your marriage will usually be straightforward and your interactions with the court will be limited. If your divorce is contested, you may be required to attend various hearings as well as the divorce trial.
- What should I do if my spouse has filed for divorce? If you are served a divorce complaint, it is vital that you consult with an experienced lawyer immediately. He or she can identify your objectives and help you lay out a path forward based on whether you agree or disagree with how your spouse intends on resolving issues such as spousal support, child custody, visitation, asset and property division, etc.
Divorce can be of the most unsettling events you will ever experience. Fortunately, an experienced family law attorney can help you navigate the road ahead so that you can build the best possible foundation for the next stage of your life.
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Jennifer Nielsen delivers unparalleled legal service to clients across Central Ohio. No matter if you are seeking or facing divorce, Jennifer provides you with hands-on guidance every step of the way. Contact Jennifer Nielsen today online for a 30-minute consultation or call 614-505-5555 to discuss your case.