3) What can a divorce lawyer do?
A Custody Lawyer can help you create an agreement or a court order that reflects your individualized needs and desires. Your agreement should reflect your living arrangements after the divorce, including whether or not you will have custody or visitation rights.
You will need to discuss the division of any property (property settlement is referred to as alimony in legal terms). You will also want to discuss which type of financial repayment (payable either wholly or partly by both parties) will be made of any monies awarded to one party. Finally, your lawyer will need to talk you through the ramifications of signing the agreement.
4) Should I consider the fees?
If your spouse is seeking custody or visitation rights, your divorce Lawyer will need to work with you and your husband to come up with a plan that reflects your individualized best interests. The type of plan that you and your lawyer develop will reflect your living circumstances after the divorce.
In most cases, a Custody Lawyer works on a contingency fee basis, so you do not have to pay anything unless your attorney wins your case and the court rules in your favor. Many lawyers offer free consultations to potential clients, so you should not hesitate to schedule a consultation with a Custody Lawyer in your area.
5) Legal agreements
If neither of you are seeking full custody or visitation, and you both intend to go their separate ways, you can work out an agreement that satisfies you both. If you decide to divorce and both of you are reasonably satisfied with the terms of the agreement, your divorce Lawyer can help you draw up a standard divorce agreement for yourself or your partner to sign. Once you and your partner have signed the agreement, it will serve as a legal document confirming that you have both read and agreed to all the terms of the divorce process.
6) A better help with finances
A divorce lawyer will also make sure that your child Support payments are calculated accurately. The accuracy of the calculations can become compromised if one spouse has an income higher than the other.
Your divorce Lawyer will ensure that the calculations are correct and will take into consideration any additional sources of income or assets owned by the other spouse.
If your Spouse had any money put away in a savings account that they no longer use, your lawyer may be able to persuade the courts to exclude this source of income from the child support calculation, reducing the amount of money you have to pay as well as making sure your child receives the appropriate level of support.