What are 5 great questions to ask your Divorce lawyer if you are considering a divorce?
🔹1. LAWYER QUALIFICATIONS + FAVORITE STRATEGIES
Do you work with complex divorces? If so, what is your strategy? For example, at our firm Shepelsky Law Group, we take the more collaborative approach and prefer to resolve the most complex divorces via uncontested route, with a strong Settlement Stipulation/Agreement. But we have colleagues that NEVER settle, and go to war on every case they get, drowning the other side with motions. That works, too, for many people. It just depends on what you want in your divorce and what you feel more comfortable with.
🔹2. WHAT PAPERWORK SHOULD YOU START WITH?
Where do we start, what do you need from me? You will need last 3 years financials, understanding of your income and expenses, all the family members’ biographic information, addresses, medical insurance info for the kids and parents. Where does each party (spouses) live. Some of the actions you and your attorney will take will depend on the circumstances of your current living arrangement. /
🔹3. LAWYER’S TEAM
Who else will be working on my case? In many cases, you will be hiring a law firm TEAM, and not a single attorney to represent you. Find out the qualifications of everyone who will take part in your case. At our firm, Shepelsky Law Group, there is myself and two other attorneys, as well as two paralegals that handle divorces. We even made a welcome video for our clients to make sure our clients know what we look and sound like IRL.
🔹4. CHILD SUPPORT
What is the estimated Child Support I will have to pay? NY cases can be ran through a formula, a court calculator that more or less tells the amount of each side’s obligation for basic child support. Don’t forget to add percentage of extracurricular activity payments you may be responsible for.
🔹5. FAMILY BUSINESS
Will we have to sell our business? Although the law in NY says that anything considered marital property (which includes family businesses) must be divided fairly, that doesn’t always mean that everything that belongs to you or every business will be divided equally. If one party worked at the business and the other stayed at home taking care of the kids, perhaps there will be no 50/50 split. But every case is different. My favorite expression is IT DEPENDS!!
Remember, there is no need to turn a divorce into a war, but sometimes you may have to.
Call us today if you are ready to move on to the next phase of your life and you feel no choice but to end your marriage. We can help!