Getting a divorce can be one of the most difficult decisions of your life. Whether you were married recently or decades ago, at the time you entered into your marriage, you expected to spend the rest of your life with that person. Since that time, you may have had children together, purchased a condo or house, and filed taxes as husband and wife, and you are left wondering how you can move beyond the place you are in now.
There are many reasons people decide to get divorced. In some cases, both spouses can agree that there has been a breakdown in the marital relationship, and it is better to get divorced. Other situations involve abuse, physical or mental cruelty, abandonment, or one spouse cheating on the other. Regardless of the reason behind your decision to dissolve the marriage, once you have made that decision, you need to find a way to get through the process as quickly and as painlessly as possible. You need to try to make sure your assets are protected. If you have children, you want to try to make sure this transition is not any more disruptive than absolutely necessary. Most of all, you want to be able to move on with your life and move past this difficult time.
How Should I Choose a Washington, DC Divorce Attorney?
Having a Washington, DC divorce attorney who not only understands the law, but also understands how this process affects those involved, can make your situation significantly easier to get through. When choosing a lawyer to represent them in their DC divorce, people often want someone body who will fight for them. While sometimes a fight will be necessary, and, if so you definitely don’t want to back down, if there is a possibility to work through matters amicably, that may be to the benefit of everyone involved and may keep your legal fees down.
What is a Collaborative Divorce?
Sometimes an “amicable divorce” can be accomplished through the use of a procedure family law attorneys refer to as collaborative divorce. This involves a divorce lawyer who works with a team of professionals that may include a financial planner and a mental health professional. These people will work with both spouses to form an agreement that works for everyone involved and is also in the best interests of any children.
This process, while it obviously requires two parties who are willing to work together, can allow for a divorce in Washington, DC to be granted in a dignified way that avoids the adversarial process typically associated with a divorce proceeding.
What Can I do to Make Things as Easy as Possible for my Children?
There is no doubt that a divorce can be a trying time for young children who do not understand what is happening. You want a divorce attorney who understands the impact child support and custody fights can have on children. It is important to reach an appropriate resolution to this matter that is acceptable to you and in the best interests of your children.
If you are considering getting a divorce or have already made the decision, please feel free to contact the Law Offices of Daniel A. Gross for a confidential consultation at 202.596.5716.