Choosing the right attorney to guide you through your divorce and/or custody matter is the first step to advancing your case and can be one of the most important decisions that you make in the course of your divorce or custody matter. When seeking family law counsel you should not simply hire the first attorney you meet. Rather, it is crucial to do your homework by reviewing such things as the attorney's qualifications, experience level, and past client satisfaction. Even if you received a referral to a family law attorney from a friend or another lawyer, these suggestions still apply. Most competent counsel will very likely charge a consultation fee for this initial meeting, but rest assured this is money well spent to ensure you are comfortable with your counsel and get educated on your case.
Every divorce is going to involve conflict in one form or another; however, in an ideal situation, each spouse will be able to work through divorce-related issues through discussion and mutual compromise. It's never easy, but there are many services available that help divorcing couples through this, from divorce mediation to counseling and therapy.
America's divorce rate hovers at about 50 percent. Some years see a bit of an uptick, and others decline slightly, but things generally average out to about half of all first-time marriages ending in divorce. The rates for subsequent marriages are generally higher, at approximately 70 percent.
If you are headed for divorce, you may expect to receive spousal support, or alimony, as part of your divorce settlement. In cases where one spouse is the main breadwinner and the other takes care of the household, spousal support is often part of the divorce decree. For example, if your husband has been working while you put your career on hold to take care of the kids, then alimony might be in your future.
All marriages have their ups and downs, and no relationship is perfect. Therefore, it can be very confusing when going through a tough time with your spouse as to whether it is a storm you must ride through together, or whether it is a problem that constitutes grounds for a divorce. The reality is that there is no right answer to an issue such as this. There is no rule book, but there are some things to consider so that you can get a good perspective in regard to where your marriage stands.