“When is the last time you had sex with your husband and how much is in your 401(k)?”Each of those questions can be very relevant in a divorce. The scope of the work is very broad. A very experienced divorce lawyer has seen and heard a lot of what goes on inside families and the very intimate relationships between married people. But we do have some limits on our expertise and often find ourselves reaching out to other professionals for some much-needed support and guidance.
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.