Tumultuous Divorce Issues
If a divorce becomes particularly nasty, you may be feeling a lot of negative emotions. Here are some common tumultuous divorce issues that our caring attorneys can help you deal with.
Tumultuous Divorce Issues | Length of a Divorce
The Office of Court Administration in New York publishes guidelines encouraging county courts to conclude divorce proceedings within six months. However, the length of a divorce case depends upon the level of conflict. If spouses are largely in agreement or else are ready to compromise, it might be over in well under six months. If the parties have difficulty negotiating or throw up roadblocks, if documents are hard to find, and if more outside professionals – like forensic accountants and psychologists – have to get involved, the case can drag on for over a year. This happens more often with longer marriages and when there are children and significant assets involved. As a general (and reliable!) rule, cases will cost more the longer they go on.
Tumultuous Divorce Issues | Unhappy with Divorce Agreement
Circumstances change, and the obligations you settled and arrangements you made in a divorce might not fit in the future. If you and your spouse can agree to change your divorce settlement, you can draft and sign an addendum modifying the original terms. You can also go to a State Supreme Court or Family Court. In either case a judge will still have the final say over a change to your original agreement. If you want to make a change but your former spouse doesn’t agree, you may go to court and request a change – whether to spousal support, child custody, or child support – and demonstrate to the judge that your circumstances have changed significantly enough to merit this adjustment.
Tumultuous Divorce Issues | Afraid to See the Respondent in Court
If you’ve filed for an order of protection and are afraid to see the respondent in court, see a court officer as soon as you get to the court room. He or she can take you to a separate room so that you do not have to see the respondent. The officer will escort you to and from the courtroom. If possible, bring a friend, family member, or advocate. The point is, you should never feel scared or alone.
If you are dealing with these tumultuous divorce issues, please call our experienced New Jersey divorce lawyer Jean Mahserjian today for caring advocacy.