The decision to end your marriage may not have been one that you reached lightly. You put ample forethought into it and made sure that it was really the best thing for you, your family, and your children.
You need to put the same amount of thought into exactly how you will get through the ensuing legal process, however. You can reach the end of your marriage as expediently and beneficially as possible by hiring an assertive and experienced divorce lawyer to represent you.
Petitioning for Shared Marital Assets
When you have a divorce lawyer on retainer, you can file your petition in court for your fair share of marital assets. You and your spouse may share hefty assets like primary and vacation homes. You also may share ownership of vehicles, real estate, investments, and bank accounts. You have an equal stake in all of these assets, even when you file for divorce.
You can make sure that the judge will give you half of them when you hire a divorce lawyer to represent you. Your attorney can ask the judge to have assets divided up equally. You can get equal access to jointly held bank accounts, investments, and other money that you will need with which to rebuild your new life.
Filing for Protection
If you are filing for divorce because your spouse is violent, you can have your divorce lawyer file for a protection from abuse, or PFA, order. This order is similar to a restraining order. However, it is used primarily for one party in a couple who needs protection from a violent romantic partner.
The PFA will stipulate to your soon-to-be ex-spouse that they must keep away from you and your minor children. They must also not contact you via email, letter, phone call, or text message. Your spouse must not visit you at work, your place of worship, at home, or anywhere in public.
Finally, your divorce lawyer can file for child support and custody on your behalf. You can win custody and support for your minor children and know that they will be safe even after you get divorced.
A divorce lawyer can provide critical benefits as you end your marriage. They can ask the court to give you access to and control of shared assets. They can also file for a PFA, child support, and custody.
To learn more, reach out to a divorce lawyer in your area.