Five Questions to Ask Your Divorce Attorney
Going through a divorce is not something that you assume you’ll have to go through. You are heading for unknown territory, so it’s best to choose a lawyer with the expertise and experience necessary to help you along the way. Choosing the right attorney can make a big difference in your experience and results. Here are five questions to ask your divorce attorney.
- How Much Experience Do You Have With Divorce?
It’s essential to choose an attorney who deals with divorce regularly. In fact, it’s even better if the firm has a team dedicated specifically to divorce and family law matters. The laws regarding divorce can be complex, so it is in your best interest to choose a lawyer with the knowledge to handle all of your concerns and protect your interests.
- How Long Does a Divorce Take?
Every situation is different. Your attorney will review the details of your case to help determine how to proceed. A simple divorce may take just a few months, while a more complex divorce takes longer. The more disagreements there are, the longer the process will take. An experienced attorney can give you an idea of what to expect as to the process of divorce.
- What Should I Expect to Keep?
In Arizona, with few exceptions, assets that were obtained during the marriage are considered marital property, and belong to both of you. It is helpful to make a list of all your assets and debts so that your lawyer can review it and develop a strategy on how to equitably divide the assets and debts on your list..
- What is the Divorce Process?
Going through a divorce is a stressful process. Your lawyer will explain the process to you and will be available to answer all of your questions along the way to hopefully alleviate some of the stress. In many cases, it is best to try to resolve any disputes so that the procedure can be handled quickly and easily. If there are disagreements to the settlement terms, the process is delayed. If the couple cannot resolve their issues, the court will ultimately make decisions.
- How Much Does a Divorce Cost?
Divorce is different for everyone. There are many factors that arise during the proceedings that can affect the cost. A simple divorce can be much less expensive than one where there are disagreements or complicated issues such as business valuations or issues of a spouse’s employability, as examples. It is helpful to learn how your financial investment in the process will be handled by your attorney and what to expect in terms of what that financial commitment might be.
Divorce can be difficult, even for those who agree to most of the terms. Call the skilled legal team at Udall Shumway PLC to schedule a consultation to talk about your case.
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