Getting divorced is a significant event in a person’s life. Whether you have been preparing to divorce for a while or made a more sudden decision, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the divorce process. The legal logistics alone can be incredibly intimidating.
Fortunately, you do not have to navigate your divorce alone. As with all family law matters, having the help of an experienced attorney can make the process much more manageable. Legal support ensures that you have all of the necessary resources to navigate the court system and proceed confidently through your divorce.
When it comes to Moreno Valley family lawyers, no team is better equipped to handle your divorce than our team at the Law Offices of Michelanne Hrubic. We have been supporting divorcing clients for many years, and we have the skills and experience to help you through your changing family dynamic.
Our team fiercely advocates for our clients. Whether you are negotiating your divorce settlement, spousal support, child custody, child support, or another part of the divorce process, we are here to make the process go smoothly for you and your family. We are sensitive to the emotions and uncertainty of this time in your life while remaining steadfast in our quest for fair settlements and favorable divorce terms. You can trust us to fight for you during this vulnerable time.
Though most people understand the concept of divorce, many do not know what the process entails until they are going through it. However, understanding what the divorce process looks like can help you to feel more confident as you navigate the legal system.
The primary objective of the divorce process is to divide a couple’s assets evenly between them. When a couple gets married, all of their assets become joint assets. Any assets that the couple collects during their marriage are also considered joint assets. The court then must decide who gets which assets when the couple splits.
Division of assets can happen in two ways. Either the assets can be sold, and the profits split and given to each member of the couple, or each member will get assets that total an equal amount. For example, the couple could sell their house and divide any profits they receive, or one spouse can take the house while the other takes other property that equals the amount that the house is worth.
Another main concern during the divorce process is what will happen to any children that the couple shares. There are a few arrangements that may occur, including:
Within the child custody setup, there are also two types of custody: physical and legal. Physical custody is outlined above and deals with the child or children’s living situation. Legal custody is the ability to make important decisions about the child’s healthcare, lifestyle, etc. Sometimes, parents have physical custody without legal custody. In other scenarios, parents share both legal and physical custody. It is rare, however, for a parent to have legal custody without having physical custody.
Once the court has determined child custody, you may have to negotiate child support. The objective of child support is to ensure that both parents are contributing an equal portion of their income to raising the child or children.
If the children are living primarily with their mother, for example, the mother is inherently spending more of her money to feed, house, and care for the children. In this scenario, the father may be asked to pay child support so that the portion of their income used to care for the children is more equal.
In other scenarios, parents may share child custody, but one parent makes far more money than the other. In these situations, the higher-earning parent may have to pay child support on top of their custody to make the situation more equitable.
Another key aspect of the divorce process is determining spousal support. When one spouse earns far more than the other spouse, the high-earning spouse may be asked to pay spousal support, or alimony, to the lower-earning spouse. This is because the lower-earning spouse was depending on the other spouse’s income to survive. This support ensures that they can begin their new life with proper funding.
To get your proper share of your marital assets, it is important to hire a divorce attorney to represent you. No matter how amicable your divorce may be, your spouse can take advantage of you. It is the job of your attorney to make sure that you get what is owed to you and that you can begin your new life with a head start.
All attorneys charge differently for their services, so it is important to discuss finances with any potential attorneys before you hire them. If you cannot afford their services, it is best to know early on rather than lose your representation during the court process.
Our team is here to help you with all aspects of the divorce process. We can make sure you and your family are protected as your situation changes. Contact the Law Offices of Michelanne Hrubic today.
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