Child custody disputes between divorcing spouses are, unfortunately, something many people have at least heard about. From neighbors, family, and co-workers, you may have heard some of their “stories” about the mother who “did this” or the father who “did that.” You may have jumped right into the conversation and dished your own gossip about the couple, or you may have steered clear and stayed out of it completely. Worse yet, you may have memories of your own child custody dispute.
I needed help with a property settlement agreement in order to complete my divorce. I had already worked with two attorneys and neither were a good fit for me and my situation.
When clients ask about “divorce,” I often think there is much more to a “divorce case” than getting divorced. Yes, there will be a time when a Judge signs a divorce decree and you are no longer married, but before we can do that, let’s consider other things that need to be resolved. For example, what about the division of your property and debts?
Whether or not to send a minor child to private school instead of public school can be a particularly challenging issue to navigate when parents are separated or going through a divorce. While it is clearly better when separated parents can reach an agreement on this issue – and many can – when they can’t, a Judge may need to make the decision.
When is the Issue of Spousal/Child Support Addressed? In addition to custody and visitation, one of your earliest concerns in a divorce will likely be the issue of financial support for the dependent spouse and/or minor children of the marriage, both during and after the divorce proceeding. If the spouses cannot reach an agreement on this matter, spousal and child support will be determined and ordered by a court, usually in conjunction with issues relating to custody/visitation.