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Divorce

What issues must be resolved if we have children?
Generally, custody, parental visitation, and child support are the main issues, which involve children.  However, a couple may still need to address spousal maintenance, the division of assets and debts and multiple other issues as well.  The court may also require the family to undergo services and interviews.  If you and your spouse are unable to address all issues involved in a divorce, it’s best to speak with an attorney who can help steer you through the process. 

What issues must be resolved if we have no children?
Spousal maintenance and the division of assets and debts are usually the main issues, but the opposing party may bring up other problems they want resolved.  Speak with an attorney if you are unable to come to an agreement with your ex-spouse.

What is the difference between a divorce and separation?
There are many distinctions between the two, but a key difference is that a divorce allows you to remarry, but with a separation, you will be unable to remarry in the United States until you officially are granted a divorce in a separate hearing.  Speak with an attorney to better understand the legal ramifications of divorces and separations.

How long can it take for a judge to grant me a divorce?
It depends on how full a judge’s calendar is.  It can take months, though some people have fought over a divorce for years.  Speak with an attorney to help you resolve disputes.

What do I do if my spouse lives in a different state?
You will have to file depending on which state has jurisdiction over all the issues in the case.  Speak with a lawyer to find out whether your state or your spouse’s state is the proper place to file a divorce.

What do I do if my spouse lives in a different country?
It depends on the facts of the case.  To resolve which country will hear the divorce case, speak with an attorney who can assess the facts.