Divorce attorneys are attorneys that specialize in assisting couples in the termination of their marriages. While no one can force a couple to divorce or get a divorce, the pressures of day to day life may cause stress and problems that only multiply when a couple is trying to work out their differences and work through their issues. A Divorce Attorney is there to help them from beginning to end. Here are some ways in which attorneys help their clients in their quest to get what they want from the divorce process:
* Help Clients Understand The Decision: Before a divorce is finalized, the client must be fully apprised of all the decisions and ramifications that will result. The attorney must explain every possible outcome and the actions each party must take under each set of circumstances. This may be done in a form of an initial consultation, a court ordered mediation, or a private family meeting. All of these meetings and discussions should be documented for both the client and the attorney. In some instances, these reports may be used in court if a dispute arises in future years. All documents relating to the client’s meeting should also be saved, as may other records from previous dealings with the client.
* Maintain Ongoing Contact: Many times after a divorce, there may be an endless supply of contact between the ex-spouse and the client. This leads to an inability to truly focus on one’s own life. It may be difficult to maintain a healthy balance between work and home, friends and family, or a desire to fully recover from the divorce. An attorney can help by maintaining ongoing contact with the client, providing advice and support, and helping to facilitate transition (i.e. finding a new job or housing).
* Prepare for the Worst: No one wants to think about a divorce, but sometimes bad things happen to good people. During the course of the divorce process, the client may incur debt, lose property or have to change jobs. Divorce attorneys can help with all of these aspects. They may even prepare paperwork or handle other negotiations on the client’s behalf if necessary. If a client continues to make financial, business or home decisions on their own, divorce attorneys can advise them on how to best handle their money and assets.
* Initiate Legal proceedings: When the two parties cannot agree on terms of the divorce, an attorney can help mediate the matter and file paperwork. A legal representative can also serve as a mediator when the two parties cannot meet and hash out issues. Divorce attorneys can provide the necessary legal guidance and assistance once a divorce has been finalized. It is best to start working with an attorney well before any formal action is taken. This allows the attorney to evaluate the legal situation, collect appropriate documentation, gather and organize data, draft a fair but strong legal strategy, and file the legal forms needed to move forward.
* Aid the Client through the Legal Process: Divorce attorneys are skilled professionals who know all of the ins and outs of the law. A client needs to be represented and feel comfortable and relaxed while discussing sensitive matters with an attorney. The client needs to understand the process and have confidence in the legal advice provided. With their experience and knowledge of divorce law, divorce attorneys can make the process as easy for the client as possible.