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Divorce laws are complex and vary greatly from state to state. The manner in which family law issues are interpreted by the courts even varies within different geographical regions of individual states. Each state page contains local divorce and family law information and resources and a directory of lawyers, mediators, financial analysts and other divorce professionals.
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Family law encompasses such issues as child support, child custody arrangements, including joint custody agreements, alimony, legal separation and child visitation, among others. Articles about divorce laws and family law issues by divorce lawyers and other divorce professionals can be found in the Divorce Resource Library.

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There are noticeable new trends in divorce that affect both the legal process and the financial strategies required to help clients move past it. These trends include an increased reliance on alternative dispute resolution (ADR) methods such as collaborative divorce and divorce mediation, increased usage of interdisciplinary teams and the emergence of divorce financial planning, a specialized application of the financial planning process.

Divorce Financial Planning

The divorce process involves to a large extent the untangling and subsequent division of assets and income. Since there are serious pitfalls and difficult decisions to be made, people going through divorce need expert financial advice. Divorce financial planning has emerged to help satisfy this need. (Click here to continue)


Collaborative Divorce

In Collaborative Divorce, both parties retain separate lawyers and neutral financial specialists who advise them throughout the process and assist them in negotiations. Collaborative lawyers, however, are required to commit in advance to helping the parties reach an agreement and avoid judicial intervention. (Click here to continue)


Divorce Mediation

Divorce mediation is a process through which separating couples arrive at a fair agreement which is acceptable to both parties. It is conducted under the guidance of a trained professional, often a financial planner, attorney or mental health professional, who helps the couple make their own important decisions concerning their changing and uncertain future. (Click here to continue)


How to Select a Divorce Lawyer

Selecting a divorce lawyer to handle your family law case is a very important decision. The following are a few important criteria to help in finding the right divorce lawyer.

Any divorce lawyer you consider should have substantial experience in handling divorce cases in your location. An experienced divorce lawyer will know the tendencies of the various judges in your jurisdiction and should be able to use this knowledge to your advantage. Additionally, that lawyer should practice primarily in the field of divorce law. Often people will hire a lawyer who practices primarily in some other area, thinking that any lawyer will do. However, divorce law is a very specialized field that requires particular skills and experience in order to have a likelihood of reaching a successful conclusion. (click here to continue)

Divorce and Legal Fees

It is difficult to determine how much a divorce will cost. However, after reviewing the likely issues, your method for resolving those issues, and hearing your philosophy of the case, a lawyer may be able to give you a range of expected expenses. Controlling the expenses in a divorce, however, is no easy task. Many of the factors contributing to legal costs are outside of your lawyers control. The personality and philosophy of your spouses attorney can affect the ultimate path that your divorce takes. Additionally, the ability of the parties to cooperate and communicate may also have a significant impact. (click here to continue)

How to Save Money with Your Attorney and Get Better Results

Okay, I admit it. Im tired of all those divorce lawyer jokes. Yes, divorce can be expensive, but you can both be smart and save money if you go about things the right way. Once an outcome is finalized, there is usually little you can do about it or, if an outcome can be fixed at all, it can be very expensive. It is probably something you will have to live with the rest of your life, so you better do it right! To help cut down on those jokes and help you through the divorce minefield, here are few hot tips: (click here to continue)

Secrets to Reduce Your Legal Fees

Simply by being organized and remaining actively involved in your case you may significantly reduce your legal fees. Your lawyer will provide you with a number of documents received during the proceeding. This may include correspondence, court notices or other legal documents. Not every document you receive will require you to respond. Additionally, you may not understand every document you receive. However, it is very important to review each piece of information and to contact your lawyer with any questions. (click here to continue)


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