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Whether a divorce is contested or uncontested, there are many crucial issues that need to be agreed upon prior to signing the final papers. These can include alimony payments, child support payments, custody agreements, and how property will be divided between the spouses. While in some cases divorcing couples are able to work out equitable arrangements regarding these issues on their own, the vast majority require a skilled divorce lawyer to help finalize any agreements and ensure they are not unnecessarily and unknowingly giving up their legal rights in the process. And because divorcing couples often have difficulty not letting their feelings and emotions determine their thinking in these hearings, it’s even more important to have an attorney who knows how to keep negotiations on course.

Contested and Uncontested Divorces
For everyone involved in divorce proceedings, including children, there are vast differences between contested and uncontested divorces. According to information provided by the New York Unified Court System, a contested divorce means that one spouse does not want to get divorced, disagrees about the grounds given for the divorce, and also has issues regarding custody, finances, and other issues related to the divorce. However, if the divorce is uncontested, both spouses wish to get divorced, and have been able to come to agreements regarding child custody, division of property, and all financial arrangements. While an uncontested divorce can in many ways be handled as a Do-It-Yourself divorce through the court’s Uncontested Divorce Program, a contested divorce will require both spouses to make several court appearances. Because of this, the services of a knowledgeable divorce attorney will be extremely important. For more information about these types of divorces, visit¬†Your text to link….

Examining the Paperwork
In some divorce proceedings, one person chooses to hire an attorney, while the other spouse chooses to go it alone. When this happens, it’s almost inevitable the spouse without an attorney will come out on the losing end of the negotiations. Whether it’s deciding custody arrangements, finances, or the division of property, chances are the spouse who has hired an attorney will come out with a far better deal. Because of this, it’s important to never choose to handle these negotiations yourself, especially if there are numerous complex financial and custody issues to be discussed and agreed upon. By hiring an experienced attorney, you can not only have a much better agreement negotiated for you, but you’ll also have someone who can examine all written agreements before you sign them, ensuring you do not sign away key legal rights to which you should be entitled.

Same-Sex Marriages
Due to the Marriage Equality Act of 2011, more and more same-sex marriages now take place in New York. While these marriages may be looked upon by some as non-traditional, they are nevertheless legally binding unions that are subject to the same problems as marriages between a man and woman. This includes divorce, and in these cases such issues as child custody, alimony, property division, and other financial matters need to be resolved to everyone’s satisfaction. In these matters, since not all states have the same laws, it’s crucial to seek the advice of a divorce lawyer who has experience in these complex legal matters.

Consult an Attorney
No matter what type of divorce proceedings you will be involved in, consulting with a knowledgeable divorce lawyer should be your first step. By doing so, you can discuss your case in detail, and be given objective advice as to what may or may not happen along the way. In doing so, you’ll be able to gain peace of mind.

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