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Are You Asking the Right Questions About Your Divorce?

Are You Asking the Right Questions About Your Divorce?

Posted By Meyers Law Group, P.C. || 19-Dec-2013

People facing a divorce are already apprehensive about what the future could hold. This is no small part because of all the uncertainty swirling around this process, the myriad of unanswered questions you may have. So if you do not know the answers to the following questions, then you need to find an experienced divorce attorney in Long Island who can inform you about the process and what it means for your future at every step of the way. Then you can approach the future with confidence.

1) How much will a divorce cost? There is no getting around it; a divorce will be expensive. But it will be worth it. Many couples who go through a do-it-yourself divorce have to pay legal fees in the end anyway because of how inadequate that DIY divorce is. They have to double back and essentially redo some or all of their divorce. It is best to have a lawyer from the get-go. And when you are looking for the right family law attorney, you need to ask about how they will charge you. In order to save yourself money for the future, find out what a law firm's fee structure is, so that you can know where your money is going. Also, you want a divorce lawyer who works to get a divorce resolved in a settlement, not a lengthy and expensive trial.

2) How does a court decide child custody and visitation in New York? If you have children, then you need to make sure that you understand how these court orders are created in New York. Ask your family law attorney what factors are involved with decision, and what you can expect in the process of determining child custody.

3) How do spousal maintenance and child support work in New York? If either of these support payments may be a factor in your divorce, with you either paying or receiving the support, then bring financial documents to your first consultation with your divorce lawyer, W-2 forms, bank accounts statement, credit card statements, etc. Ask how child support and maintenance payments are calculated in New York, and how this could pan out in your specific case.

4) What information do I need to collect for the divorce? You need to know which financial documents you need to submit, and when. If child custody is a contentious issue in your divorce, you may need to create further documentation, such as tracking the timeshare you and your spouse have, recording events that could factor into a court's decision of child custody and visitation rights. In the flurry of deadlines and paperwork, it is important to know what you need to keep your divorce moving along. And being aware of all that is required in the process can bring a peace of mind too.

If you need an experienced Long Island divorce lawyer on your side, you can find the representation and answers you need at the Meyers Law Group, P.C. Contact us today!