Divorces seem to be simple, but in many cases it can be more complex than you think. This is because there are so many individual factors to consider with every divorce, so it is difficult to tell a person exactly how their divorce will pan out without all the individual details, and without knowing how the judge will rule. Here are some questions that you might have about divorce.
How Long Will A Divorce Take?
One question that many people worry about is the length of time it will take to divorce. You may want to start another relationship, are emotionally unhealthy, or are trying to move on with your life and are unable to because of your divorce. As a general rule you should plan on at least a 6 weeks, that is the shortest amount of time it will generally be, but usually it takes longer than that. It can even take up to a year or more, depending on your situation and if the divorce is contested. The best way to speed up your divorce is to resolve things quickly, meet with an attorney early on, and follow the attorney's instructions down to every last detail.
Do We Have To Meet Before A Judge?
The best way to do a divorce is without court. You can resolve your divorce all through mediation if both parties are willing. During mediation you will both be in separate rooms with your attorney and the mediator will go back and forth and will help to decide the terms of the divorce. If you can both agree to the contract during mediation, you can submit it to a judge for the divorce to be granted, and avoid having to go through the whole litigation process.
If you are unable to mediate your divorce you will have to go before a judge and they will help to determine the terms of the divorce. This is expensive and is more of a gamble for both parties, which is why it is best to work it out with mediation if possible.
How Do You Pay For Divorce?
Both spouses will have to pay for their own attorney's fees, which means that you should have your own separate account to pay for living expenses and fees during the divorce. It could be thousands of dollars to get a divorce, especially if you cannot mediate it early on, which is why it is so important to plan ahead and save up.
By understanding these things you can be better prepared for your divorce. Contact an attorney, like those at Baudler, Maus, Forman, Kritzer & Wagner, LLP, for more information.