You probably didn’t plan on getting divorced, but once it becomes evident that something is no longer working it is important to take proactive steps to protect your interests. There is no hiding it, the divorce process is stressful - especially when you try to go it alone.
Fortunately you are not alone. At Hunt Law, we help clients navigate the divorce process so that they can achieve a fresh start. Although we believe that everyone should consult with an attorney when considering a divorce, below are just a few questions to ask yourself when deciding to hire a divorce attorney.
Has Your Partner Hired an Attorney?
If your spouse has handed you a divorce letter signed by his or her own attorney, you should contact a lawyer right away. While you both may want an amicable end to your marriage, having the counsel of an experienced attorney can help you uncover any potential issues with the distribution of property, child support, spousal support and child custody. Moreover, your attorney will speak with your spouse’s attorney, saving you from the stress of speaking with opposing legal counsel.
What’s Your Agreement on Alimony?
Alimony, also called spousal support, is the payment done by a higher-earning partner or spouse to the lower-earning or jobless spouse for a given period. There are two types of alimony:
- Temporary: It is rendered to the low-earning or jobless spouse to meet their basic needs, and it ends when the divorce case is completed.
- Permanent: It is specifically designed for long-term marriages, directing the financially stable partner to support the jobless one after parting ways. Since the rules of alimony vary with states, it’s wise to contract a divorce attorney to help you through the process.
If you or your spouse are seeking alimony, it would be wise to hire a divorce attorney. Unlike child support, there is no set method for calculating spousal support. An attorney can build a case to either support or limit the amount of alimony one spouse pays to another.
How Will You Divide Marital Property?
In Ohio, marital assets are divided equitably between spouses. However, equitable does not always mean equal. There are a number of factors that might impact how marital property is split between you and your spouse. You should consult with a divorce attorney to determine how you can protect your interests in marital assets.
Will Your Case Go To Mediation Or Court?
Some couples are able to resolve issues impacting their divorce in mediation. However, some cases go to court. Regardless, it is beneficial to have a divorce attorney by your side advocating for you. Issues such as property division, child support, child custody, and spousal support can impact your life for years to come. Get the legal representation you need to protect your interests in and out of the courtroom.
What Kind of Divorce is Your Spouse Filing?
Ohio is a no-fault divorce state, meaning that one spouse does not have to prove that the other did anything wrong to cause the marriage to end. Rather, either spouse can seek to end the marriage if they have been living separately for one year and they agree that they are incompatible for marriage.
There is also collaborative divorce in Ohio. Collaborative law provides a way for divorcing spouses to avoid contentious disputes in court. In a collaborative divorce, you agree not to go to court and instead work with attorneys to reach a resolution to your divorce.
Even if you are separating under the most amicable of circumstances, an experienced attorney can walk you through all the steps of the divorce process, saving you the time, money and stress of handling it on your own.
Need a Youngstown Divorce Attorney? Contact Us Today
If you're unsure which path to take for your divorce process, worry no more because, at Hunt Law, we have your back. Please get in touch with us online or give us a call at (330) 469-9836 to schedule a consultation with our lead attorney, Adam Hunt.