I’M CONTEMPLATING A DIVORCE. IS THERE ANYTHING YOU SUGGEST I DO IN PREPARATION?
- Become a private person. In this age of constant and ever changing social media, it is important to manage and control your Internet profile. Take down any private or embarrassing information. An important rule of thumb would be if you would not want a Judge or a prospective employer to read it, take it down.
- Run your credit report. If you are considering commencing a divorce action it is important to fully understand your financial situation. Understanding what debts and other liabilities are contained within your credit report is an important consideration, and should be taken immediately.
- Gather as much financial information as possible. Maybe your spouse always pays the bills and your literally know nothing about your families finances. Obviously, this will be a significant disadvantage. Therefore, all parties contemplating divorce should immediately begin gathering as much pertinent financial information as they can get their hands on. Things such as bank account statements, tax returns, business records, retirement account statements and credit card statements, should be gathered. It might be prudent to photocopy these documents and store them outside of the marital residence.
- Let kids be kids. Do not under any circumstances involve the children in the marital issues you are experiencing. Do not involve the children with boyfriends or girlfriends.
- Seek out Representation. Find competent counsel that has experience handling your type of case in your area. Choose an Attorney you feel comfortable with that takes the time to understand the significant changes you are currently involved in.
I WANT TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT WITH YOU. WHAT SHOULD I DO?
HOW MUCH WILL THE CONSULTATION WITH CHRIS PALERMO COST?
Your initial consultation is always free.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO OBTAIN A DIVORCE?
Unfortunately, there is no simple answer to this question. The amount of time needed to obtain a Judgement of Divorce varies upon the complexity of your particular case. Some cases are relatively simple in nature. Such as a short term marriages with little or no property, no children, and the parties mutually agree regarding the distribution of their remaining assets. Other cases are far more complex, involving high net worth individuals. Or the parties may be in dispute regarding the custody of their children. All of these factors effect the amount of time the case will take to resolve. At the initial consultation I will be able to give you a better idea of the timing, once I become familiar with your particular issues.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A CONTESTED AND UNCONTESTED DIVORCE?
The difference between a Contested and Uncontested Divorce action is simple. In an Uncontested Divorce, the parties have resolved all potential issues. The parties mutually agree about the distribution of their assets, child custody, child support, spousal maintenance, and all other possible issues. If the parties have unresolved issues, then the matter is considered contested.