Whether your divorce is contested or uncontested our firm can help. We will negotiate the various issues specific to your matter which may include child custody, visitation, and child support; spousal maintenance (alimony); exclusive use and occupancy of the marital home; equitable distribution of marital assets and debts, including, retirement accounts, the marital home, credit card debt, etc.; determination of separate property including gifts, inheritances and personal injury awards; and the payment of counsel and expert fees.
On the other hand, you may decide to pursue a legal separation after discussing your matter with our attorneys. Depending on the specifics of your case a separation may be beneficial. For example, while in a separation, spouses may enjoy the benefits of each other’s health insurance along with the distribution of certain marital assets and award of custody, child support, and spousal maintenance. There are other circumstances in which a separation would not be the best course of action. For example, certain retirement assets cannot be distributed as part of a Separation Agreement. Distribution of these retirement assets can only occur pursuant to a Divorce and subsequent Qualified Domestic Relations Order (known as a “QDRO”). These QDROs are very important to have in place when the “participant” spouse retires so as to ensure the distribution of the retirement account, whether a pension, 401(k), or 403(b) plan, to the ex-spouse. Therefore, the circumstances of your particular case will dictate whether a legal separation is right for you.