A divorce is a court judgment ending a marriage, that either proceeds as a no fault divorce or a divorce based upon one of a number of available “fault” grounds. For a no fault divorce, based upon an irretrievable breakdown of the marriage, the parties can file a Joint Petition, or one party may file unilaterally.
In addition to legally ending a marriage, at the time of a divorce the court must make determinations about a variety of issues, including custody and support of children, parenting time, dividing marital assets (real and personal) and debts, alimony. Also considered are concerns about continuing coverage of health insurance, taxes, life insurance and any potential future issues that may arise. If the parties are unable to resolve these issues by agreement, they will be presented to the court for determination.
Issues that are agreed upon are memorialized in a separation agreement which describes how the issues have been resolved by the parties. Separation agreements allow the parties to potentially avoid a costly trial by avoiding unnecessary litigation. Our firm has successfully drafted numerous separation agreements, allowing our clients to have a voice while simultaneously resolving the case efficiently. Conversely, where a case cannot be settled, our experienced practitioners are prepared to vigorously defend your interests in a contested trial wherever necessary.