Divorce Mediation

Have you considered divorce mediation as a way of handling your divorce? Some couples agree on getting a divorce and agree on how to resolve the other claims, such as their property division. For such couples, our firm offers mediation. Our firm represents both the husband and the wife. We meet with both of you, where we gather the needed information. We then prepare the legal documents, for the wife and husband to sign. Those documents are then filed with the Court. There are no hearings in Court.

The advantages are numerous. First, we can answer any questions you have about the process and divorce law. Second, the needed legal documents are prepared correctly and efficiently. Third, the overall cost is usually far lower than if both of you hire separate lawyers. The husband and wife can each pay half, if they choose.

Feel free to contact our firm for more details.

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Written by Attorney Andrew Glasgow
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Support

Support can be divided into child and spousal. As soon as parents separate, the parent primarily caring for the children frequently pursues child support from the other parent. (Both parents are required to pay child support by law, but you do not actually pay child support to yourself.) The figure is based largely on the parent’s income. Usually, the expenses of the parent paying, such as credit card bills, are not a large factor. Support guidelines help establish the figure.  However, they are only that–guidelines: the facts of each case can increase or decrease the figure. Child support is often handled at a hearing; it is worth hiring an attorney to represent you at this hearing, as deviations from the guideline amount can be significant.

When parents separate, the one with the lower income often collects spousal support from the other. This obligation may end once a divorce decree and property division are acquired. Yet the obligation may continue afterwards in some cases, becoming alimony. The purpose of spousal support/alimony is to help the lower-paid spouse get by as the divorce occurs and to make a transition to being financially independent. This monthly payment can be higher than a mortgage, so it is worthwhile hiring an attorney. The recipient will want to get what he or she is entitled to; the person paying will only want to pay what is required.

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Written by Attorney Andrew Glasgow
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