Overcome the Challenges of Divorce with Qualified Legal Counsel
Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 28, 2011 - Emotions are swirling when a spouse finally decides to get divorced. For many people, a crumbling marriage can be a stressful and painstaking time to try to figure out the next steps ahead. An individual’s confidence plummets as all the legal, financial, and even child-related issues start to mount.
A qualified divorce attorney will help an individual consider their options and help save them from turmoil as much as possible. After being served with a divorce petition, the other spouse has 20 days to respond to the petition. A court hearing will then happen where each person will present evidence – documents detailing assets, liabilities, income and expenses – and their side of the negotiations as appropriate.
“Divorce is best accomplished with an experienced divorce attorney,” said Brandon divorce attorney Laurel A. Tesmer, Esq., who practices at Osenton Law Offices. “There are a lot of issues, paperwork and court proceedings to handle. Without an attorney’s counsel, many errors can occur that will affect you for the rest of your lifetime.”
A hearing allows an individual to present their case for child support, spousal alimony, retaining certain assets, and a workable parenting agreement. Unless there is a history of domestic violence or other harm, divorce is not a winner-takes-all approach. Especially when it comes to children involved, the courts focus on their needs over the parents’ pleas over who is a better parent.
“Some people start to be more realistic as they go through a divorce, and mediation can then become a factor to resolving the issues,” said Tesmer, who is a member of the Marital and Family Law Sections of the Florida Bar and the Hillsborough County Bar Association. “When both parties are able to communicate in a civil manner, mediation cuts a lot of the costs and is much quicker.”
No matter which route an individual takes to divorce, it’s important to keep levelheaded. An attorney will help their client navigate the emotions to keep focused on what’s truly important – the next chapters of their life. A marital settlement agreement is legally binding, so even if the divorce seems like it should be an easy open-and-shut case, it’s still important to have a divorce lawyer to ensure accuracy.
“Couples who can treat their ex like a business colleague and have self-control will come out the other side of the divorce stronger and at peace,” Tesmer said. “This is often the biggest hurdle to overcome, but once you realize it will help you in the long run, you’ll see a ray of light at the end of the process.”
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