When people are getting married, they’re making a commitment to each other for life. Very few people go into a marriage expecting it to fall apart, but the sad reality is that about half of all marriages end in separation or divorce. In fact, divorce is so commonplace these days as to be normal. However normal it seems to the people around you, your divorce will still be one of the most difficult times of your life, so it’s important to surround yourself with people who will support you. This includes family, friends, and also the lawyers, bankers, and therapists you hire to help you during your divorce.
Once you have decided you no longer want to try and make your marriage work (or your partner has decided) your fist move should be to find a divorce lawyer. Hamilton law firms specializing in family law are where you want to go. These lawyers know all about the complex dynamics of families and how to handle separating finances that have been intertwined with each other for years. They’ve also dealt with many people who are in the same situation and will know what to say to help you get through this difficult time. If your spouse is fighting you for possession of your joint assets or trying to get sole custody of your children, it’s especially important to hire a lawyer with a good track record.
Ideally you and your partner and your lawyers will be able to work out a settlement that you can both live with, such as splitting assets 50/50 or sharing custody of the children. However, this is not always possible, so you should be prepared to go to court, which means setting aside enough money for the lawyer fees. Lawyers charge about $300 per hour for their services, whether they’re consulting with you on the phone or filing documents on your case, or arguing your case before a judge, so be aware of that. Most lawyers are willing to wait and take their fees from your settlement after the case is resolved but some money may be required up front for expenses.