Marriage is a legally binding contract which usually involves combining finances and assets.
It’s this fact that makes things tricky when the love fades and couples discover irreconcilable differences. Sometimes, the couple decides that parting ways and initiating a divorce is the best course of action.
On paper, this sounds straightforward but, in practice, it is anything but. Emotions run high. Tempers flare. Colorful words are exchanged. Things could get ugly.
Even with an even-keeled approach, it could be difficult to determine what is fair when making decisions regarding child custody, alimony, division of assets, and more. That’s why it’s crucial to have an experienced attorney who is well-versed in Family Law in your corner during the divorce proceedings.
An Objective Opinion
Even in the most amicable of divorces, it might be difficult to see things with an objective lens. Divorcing couples sometimes harbor conflicting expectations of what will be awarded to whom and what a post-divorce life will look like.
Consulting an attorney with extensive experience in Family Law helps shed light on the matter. Not only is she able to provide an objective opinion regarding what is fair and what is reasonable, she also understands the law and is able to provide invaluable insight on what a court would consider important on each issue.
This knowledge helps one, or both, of the participating parties make the best decision to receive the best outcome possible.
No Stone Unturned
Once the “D word” is dropped, the couple might have some idea of what will be split 50-50 or when each party will have custody of the children. They might even decide who will live in the family home or keep the priceless antique set of spoons gifted to them by Aunt Clara.
But what about other assets? Do both parties get a stake of retirement savings and/or 401(k) accounts? Do both parties get saddled with the credit debt of one financially irresponsible partner?
The answers to these questions are not always so clear cut, and a court may not rule the way one would think. Having a qualified attorney in your corner to weigh in and address every relevant line item is imperative to splitting in the cleanest, most drama-free manner.
Whereas the everyday person might not consider all the angles, a well-versed attorney leaves no stone unturned.
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If you’re looking for a great family lawyer in the East Bay Area, we have been serving Bay Area residents for nearly twenty years. Since 2003, our team has been helping families with the most intimate of legal problems.
If you have family woes, and you don’t know what to do, Vonnah Bagner is the attorney for you!
Contact us today and find out more.