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Seven letters that every spouse dreads: Divorce. Whatever the reason, divorce is an emotionally fraught affair that can devastate all parties. In addition to the emotional damage, divorce and child custody can be intense legal proceedings as well. Without an experienced family law attorney, you may end up with a divorce and ensuing custody agreement that is not in your best interest.

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Protecting Your Familial Rights

During the beginning stages of a family law dispute, it may seem better to keep the courts out of it in order to not escalate things and remain amicable with your partner. However, an attorney can offer a myriad of services that could prevent you from losing out big when things do go to court.

An experienced family law attorney who is there early on can preserve the record of events, negotiate a fair division of assets, and take beneficial testimony all before ever setting foot in the courtroom. Once things officially transfer to the courtroom, a family law attorney is invaluable.
In addition to being a calm and collected advocate on your behalf for these emotionally loaded issues, a family law attorney has experience arguing these issues in ways that you likely do not. Some of the areas that a family law attorney can help you include:

- Assigning child support
- Negotiating a fair among of child support
- Negotiating alimony
- Gaining or retaining custody
- Settling disputes of property or assets

These are just the benefits of a family law attorney in a traditional divorce. In a divorce where there was a cause, your attorney can ensure the best possible outcome for you once things go before the judge.

Additionally, family law attorneys are also helpful after the proceedings have concluded in ways you may not know. For example, a family law attorney can argue for changes to be made to alimony agreements, custody schedules, or child support payments. All of these things can help you recover from a particularly devastating or troublesome divorce.

In many ways, showing up in a family court without an attorney may seem like a way to maintain the temperature but, in reality, it is more akin to shooting yourself in the foot. If the divorce is amicable, your attorney can be an arbiter for the proceedings and, if the proceedings are more serious than you anticipated, then an experienced family law attorney can protect your rights and assets from the ensuing ambush.

Helping You Seek Justice

Attorneys play an important role in the family law space. As detached yet zealous advocates, they are able to calmly advance their client’s interests without becoming incensed or entangled in the complicated emotional turmoil that can swirl around proceedings.

An experienced family law attorney can help to efficiently negotiate the separation of property and assets, the delegation and level of alimony payments, the custody and potential child support, and any other issues of contention in a fair and beneficial way. Without a reliable guide, however, it is easy to get lost in the sea of family law attorneys advertising their services as superior.

At Attorney at Law, we only partner with the best attorneys in the nation. Our partner firms have a proven track record of empathy, resourcefulness, and an exceptional number of successful cases. Family law proceedings are already confusing, upsetting, and potentially overwhelming. Let AAL handle the stress of finding the best attorney for you and your family.


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Divorce & Family Law Frequently Asked Questions

1. How much does a divorce lawyer cost?

As one might expect, there is no straightforward answer to this question. Divorces costs can vary widely depending on the circumstances. A divorce lawyer's hourly rate can range from $100 to $400 per hour, contingent on their level of experience. According to a study, those who hired a full-scope divorce lawyer—meaning the attorney handled everything in the case, from start to finish—paid an average of $11,300 in attorneys' fees.

In spite of the costs, you should not avoid hiring a divorce attorney simply because it is expensive. If you are looking to reduce the cost of your divorce, ask your lawyer about affordable payment plans and strategies that will reduce your time in court and ultimately minimize your attorney fees.

2. Can you get divorced without a lawyer?

Although it is technically possible to complete the divorce process without the help of an attorney, it is not typically recommended. Divorce can be done on your own in certain circumstances, such as if the decision to divorce is mutual, you don't have children together, or your marriage was short. Nonetheless, in most situations, it is highly advised to seek the guidance of a divorce attorney.

It is important to keep in mind that you may save money on legal fees by opting out of legal support, but you may end up paying more in the long run if your divorce results in unfavorable and costly settlements.

3. What is a legal separation?

A legal separation is defined as a court-ordered agreement in which a couple lives separate lives but remains married by law. In the US, legal separations are recognized in 44 states. Couples may opt for a legal separation arrangement if they are interested in taking space from their marriage without officially ending it. 

Child custody and visitation issues are decided by the court during legal separation proceedings, just as they are during divorce proceedings. However, there are several significant differences between legal separation and divorce. For example, during a legal separation, a couple maintains their marital status, but if they divorce, they are free to remarry.

4. What is child custody?

Child custody is the legal right to care for a child. Following a divorce, the court awards custody to the mother, father, or both parents. In most cases, divorced parents will claim joint guardianship over their child. Nevertheless, sole custody may be granted to one of the parents. The court considers “the best interests of the child” while deciding on custody

The party or parties in custody are responsible for the child’s education, religious upbringing, health care and other important elements of the child’s life.

5. What is child support?

Child support is defined as the court-ordered, periodic and ongoing payments made by a parent to financially support a minor child or children following the end of a marriage or similar relationship. Basic living expenses such as costs for food, health care and education are typically covered by child support.

State laws regarding child support payments tend to vary, so the amount that needs to be paid and how long it will be paid depends on the jurisdiction and circumstances. However, in any state, once child support is court ordered, it cannot be changed or revoked without court approval.

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