Going through a divorce can be one of the most emotionally difficult periods of time that a person can go through. People find it complex and confusing. Most are quite thankful to have an experienced and effective family law practitioner to help them navigate their way through the process. Decisions must be made that can’t be reversed or modified, and some of those are going to affect person for their lifetime. Then, there are the emotions that have to be overcome. They’re likely to get in the way of a clear and rational thought process. There’s no question that it operates in the interests of anybody going through the dissolution of a marriage to retain a respected divorce lawyer. After all, there are children, assets, debts and a good divorce lawyer on the other side of the case. He or she isn’t going to look out for your interests. Here’s why you’ll want a quality Mineola divorce lawyer representing you, and what we can do for you to help you.
The Familiarity Factor
You’ve never so much as even had a traffic ticket, and now you’re going to be in front of a judge who is going to make major decisions that impact you and your family. There are New York rules of civil procedure and local rules that are effective in Mineola County. Some judges even have their own rules for their own courtrooms. Then, there are the rules of evidence. You’re not going to pick those up over the weekend either. Many of those rules are learned in the school of hard knocks. Learning them the hard way can end up to be a far more expensive experience than the cost of a knowledgeable divorce lawyer. You simply don’t want to face a judge and your spouse’s lawyer without a seasoned lawyer of your own.
People suffer wide ranges of emotions when they go through a divorce. Those emotions interfere with objectivity and impair a person’s ability to make sound decisions. To you, your divorce is the most important case in the courthouse. A seasoned divorce lawyer has been involved in countless cases like your case. He or she will tell you when you might be unreasonable and asking for the moon. Remember, your lawyer has probably practiced in front of your judge since that judge was rotated into that courtroom. He or she has a good sense on how your judge will react and rule on issues in your case. Your lawyer doesn’t want you to harm your own case. A good settlement is always better than a bad ruling.
For purposes of resolving issues, your divorce lawyer might offer alternatives that you never even knew were available like mediation or collaborative divorce. You might agree on some issues and not be far apart on others. Two good lawyers can work toward resolution of those others. If you get closer, your attorney can advise you on whether to settle, submit a modified proposal or go to hearing on the issue with your judge.
Temporary and Final Orders
The paperwork in getting divorced is far more complex than the paperwork for getting married. If children are involved there will likely be temporary orders of custody, support and visitation. Judges don’t want to waste their time or the time of anybody else in their courtrooms by requiring parties to return in the future with properly completed paperwork. Full and complete temporary and final paperwork is critical. An experienced divorce lawyer will have all necessary documents ready for signature by the parties and the judge the first time. You won’t need to come back.
If you intend on filing a divorce, or if you have been served with a summons and divorce petition, arrange for a consultation with a Mineola divorce lawyer from our offices. We’re going to carefully listen to you and answer your questions. We’ll have some of our own questions for you too. After that, we’ll advise you of your full range of legal options. Don’t make the mistakes that will make you wish that we were with you from the beginning. We can be your advocates every step of the way.