Divorce – An Overview
Contemplating divorce is difficult. Whether or not you are sure you want to end your marriage, it helps to learn the basics of divorce law. Should you conclude that separation is necessary, it is important to seek the assistance of an experienced family law attorney at The Mandel Law Firm in New York, New York.
A divorce is a judicial decree by which a valid marriage is dissolved. From a legal standpoint, the dissolution process will divide the couple’s assets and debts; determine the future care and custody of their children; and give each person the legal right to marry someone else.
Dealing with Divorce
For some, separation may feel like a liberating new beginning. For most, however, it is not so straightforward. The end of a relationship as important as a marriage brings numerous difficult emotions. Indeed, recovering from a divorce is similar to the grieving process one experiences when a loved one dies. The process typically consists of five stages: shock and denial; anger; ambivalence; depression; and recovery. Not everyone experiences these emotions in the same way or in the same order. You may move in and out of a phase more than once, even experiencing more than one phase at a time. It is a difficult and time-consuming process. Family counselors advise that it may take as long as one or two years to truly recover.
Division of Property
When a couple has little or no marital property, no children and no disagreement on spousal maintenance/alimony, their dissolution usually goes very quickly. Most couples, however, have numerous issues to work out during the separation process. These issues may involve children or significant marital property: personal property, real estate, a family business, large or concealed debts, trusts, real property in other states, joint and separate accounts, investments, insurance, pensions and other assets.
An Amicable Divorce
Divorce is one of the most emotional experiences you will ever face. The decision to end a marriage is not an easy one, and often it is accompanied by anger, fear and resentment. The negative emotions associated with separation are responsible for more than hurt feelings; they affect the legal process and its outcome. Most importantly, if children are involved, they can be deeply distressed. It is in your family’s interest to approach divorce from an amicable perspective; this can spare you a great deal of time, money and heartache. An experienced family law attorney can help you deal with your situation clearly and objectively.
Questions to Ask During Divorce
Whether to end your marriage is one of the most important and difficult decisions you will ever encounter. While this is an emotional matter, it is important to approach certain aspects of it with an analytical perspective. This is a decision that should take into account numerous issues. Once you review the following list of questions, you may reconsider your goals — or you may be better prepared to move forward while working with an attorney. Contact an experienced family law attorney to help you along the journey.
Divorce Resource Links
Medline Plus: Divorce
National Library of Medicine/National Institutes of Health information on overcoming the stresses and conflicts of separation.
Divorce and Separation: An Overview
An overview of divorce law from Cornell University Law School’s Legal Information Institute.
IRS: Publication 504 – Divorced or Separated Individuals
Internal Revenue Service (IRS) help for separated or divorced tax filers who have questions about preparing their returns.