What To Expect After Filing For Divorce
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1) Divorce Annulment
People often ask questions about divorce and annulment and sometimes use the words interchangeably. Divorces and annulments are different proceedings. A divorce is a procedure to end a valid marriage. An annulment, however, is a proceeding to establish that the marriage was never valid in the first place. A divorce and an annulment have different grounds upon which they can be granted and different standards by which they are assessed, but the result is the same: at the conclusion of either legal matter, both parties are free to remarry.
2) Minimize Divorce Expenses
Keeping costs down is a regular concern for many people going through a divorce. After all, divorces are expensive, and the hefty cost often dissuades unhappy couples from seeking to end their marriages. Our firm’s advice to those seeking to remain financially stable in a divorce is thus: be organized and stay focused.
By “be organized,” we mean that all parties in a divorce will benefit from arranging, presenting, and submitting documents in a clear and prompt manner, and this can only be accomplished through intentional and concerted efforts to keep all documents in order. We recommend sorting the documents that may be needed during litigation and keeping them in an organized fashion, either chronologically or grouped together by subject matter. During the divorce process, attorneys will need access to several documents, and having the relevant documents on hand and easily available can expedite legal proceedings. Organization also relates to how an individual who has filed for divorce presents her or his case to an attorney. The more organized that an individual is in presenting information to an attorney, the easier it will be to process that information.
By “stay focused,” our office recommends that divorce seekers seriously consider their goals and what they wish to receive after the divorce has been finalized. All parties in a divorce should work on developing goals with their attorneys. Once a clear strategy is developed, it is easier to stay on track; the process will become more complicated over time, but a clear set of goals in mind will help everyone keep her or his eyes on the prize. When the documents are organized and a strategy has been established to reach the goals, as hard as it can be, it is imperative to remember what is important.
3) Divorce Trial Process
When we consider the option of a trial, as opposed to settlement, we always emphasize to our clients that the trial date or dates will not mark the end of their cases. In fact, after we have a trial, we are often asked by the court to submit findings of fact and conclusions of law. Sometimes, we are also required to submit our closing arguments in writing. Because that process can take anywhere from three eight months to complete, it causes delays ion receiving a decision. Finalizing a divorce can be a difficult process, even after a trial has concluded.
4) House Appraisal in a Divorce
I always recommend an appraisal on the marital residence or any property that you may have that accrued during the marriage. Sometimes people know what the value of their property is, whether they have had an appraisal a year ago or they have a general idea that both accept. If both parties consent to the value of the house, or the property they have, you can use that number. However, I do recommended getting an appraisal.
Contact our law office for guidance if you are going through a divorce. Our Saratoga divorce lawyers are ready to help you through this difficult time.
Are you going through a divorce or separation and have questions about what to expect during a custody battle? Contact our Saratoga Divorce Attorneys for legal assistance and to schedule your first legal consultation and case evaluation.
Just as no two marriages, and no two families, are the same, every divorce is different. At Jean M. Mahserjian, Esq., P.C., our clients come to us with a variety of questions and concerns, reflecting their unique circumstances. Though these concerns can be broadly categorized, we know that the solutions are found in the particulars. That’s why we work closely and collaboratively with you to identify and prioritize your goals ― and formulate a strategy for achieving them.
Jean M. Mahserjian, Esq., is a New York family law and divorce attorney in Albany, Saratoga, and the surrounding areas. For more than 20 years, Jean has maintained her capital region law firm, located on Route 9 in Clifton Park, New York. The practice encompasses all areas of family and matrimonial law, and an online uncontested divorce service.
Our family law services cover every aspect of divorce at every stage, from contemplation to litigation, from settlement to modifications of orders. Jean M. Mahserjian, Esq., P.C. maintains low effective hourly rates for all of our legal services.
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