Robbinsdale Divorce Attorney
Divorce can be difficult. If children are involved, there are custody and child support issues to navigate. If one party is financially challenged without the other, alimony may be sought. There are a number of complicated issues that require the help of a Robbinsdale divorce lawyer, so that the process can run as smoothly as possible – despite the stress that it harbors.
Children need to live in situations that are best for them. Parents can agree on a custody arrangement – or they can disagree, and the court can step in. A custody evaluation may be performed in order to determine what is the best for a child. Sometimes that means one parent will receive sole physical custody, and, other times it means that the parties will share joint physical custody.
Child support is paid by the non-custodial parent to the custodial parent. The gross incomes of both parents are considered, along with the number of children, the parenting time schedule and the cost to insure the children.
Some couples agree upon property division, and some don’t. Judges typically accept an agreement reached by the parties, so long as it is equitable. If left to decide, the court will usually divide assets and liabilities equally.
Alimony is sometimes necessary, in that it helps the party with the lesser income pay their bills and have some financial support while working toward acquiring a better job, or the training needed to get a better job. Judges award alimony based upon need, and will determine an amount that takes the incomes of both parties into account. Other factors include the length of the marriage, age of the parties, health of the parties and the role each party played in raising children during the marriage.
Attorney’s fees can start out low, but can accumulate over time if the divorce proceedings are drawn out. One party may unnecessarily delay the proceedings by not providing the required discovery responses, or failing to show up to court. The party whose fees are made to increase because of this may request a bad-faith fee award from their spouse. Fee awards may also be need-based, assuming one party does not have the funds necessary to litigate the case, while the other has the ability to pay.
Contact a Robbinsdale Divorce Lawyer
You deserve an attorney who will look out for you, and understands how difficult, personally, divorce can be. To schedule your free consultation, call us at 763-323-6555, or complete our free case evaluation form.