Hiring a divorce lawyer to help you legally dissolve your marriage is the smartest thing to do. Historically, divorce tends to go in the woman’s favor. As a man, you could end up left out of decisions about you’re the welfare of your children, child support, spousal support, and property division if you aren’t prepared for what the divorce process entails.
Making Decisions about the Children
Sometimes you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone. Regardless, decisions about which parent the children will live with, where they will go to school, and how much support will have to be paid are all handled by the courts —and you want to be involved.
Too often, men only think about protecting their financial assets and forget they are making permanent decisions about their relationship with your children when they file for divorce. You need an experienced divorce lawyer to help you navigate all aspects of the process so your voice is heard.
Deciding Financial Support
Before the petition for divorce is even filed, you will need to gather up the proper documents and financial records to prove your income. The courts will be making significant financial decisions about child support and spousal support. You will want to have the proper documentation for your attorney to use in court. Child support will be determined by the Washington State child support schedule. Spousal support (alimony) is determined by the length of marriage, income and earning power of each party.
Your financial house needs to be in order. There are important deadlines and hearings that will take place before your divorce is finalized. Your best bet is to hire a smart and aggressive divorce lawyer with a proven track record to help you through the process.
Whether you are working-class or wealthy, your livelihood will be impacted by divorce, and the decree will be in place for years to come, maybe even for life. Don’t get railroaded into giving up more than you can afford. Hire your own advocate that can plead your case and get a fair settlement.
How to Fairly Split Up Joint Assets
Dividing assets is one of the most difficult tasks for the court. It is typically more cost effective for the parties to reach a sensible agreement on minor items, such as pot, pans and bicycles.
Though we often state that the court will equally divide the assets, the court will actually equitably divide the assets. When dividing the assets, the court will consider each party’s ability to replace the assets awarded to the other party. It will be important to trace what is separate property from community property. Asset division can be a complex task that will require the assistance of an experienced divorce lawyer.
We are here to advocate and fight for your rights, protect your assets and secure your future beyond your divorce.