Understand The Basics Of Divorce
The end of a marriage is often an emotionally difficult and stressful experience. The divorce process itself can be confusing. When you need to focus on the personal matters of divorce, a skilled lawyer can offload the challenges of the legal matters.
Based in Escondido, Heidi D. Collier, APC, can help you learn what to expect from your divorce. Ms. Collier works closely with her clients to inform them about the intricate aspects of each case. She serves families throughout San Diego County.
How long will the divorce process take?
Every divorce case is different. Some couples are eager to quickly reach fair agreements outside of court. Other couples face challenges that necessitate trial, which can draw out the timeline due to the multiple phases of litigation. Furthermore, it may take longer to resolve divorces with complex property division issues, such as splitting business ownership or special assets.
Many divorces last from several months to more than a year. Although this may seem like a long time, it is important to take the proper steps to ensure that you will get a fair outcome without missing any critical details.
Can I still live in the marital home during the divorce?
There are many changes during the early phases of divorce, especially as you begin to separate in daily life and finances. Until you know the terms of the final divorce order or settlement, you can seek temporary divorce orders as necessary.
Temporary orders may involve:
- Use of property, such as real estate or vehicles
- Bill payments
- Child support or spousal support
- Child custody
The final divorce outcome overrides temporary orders, but they can still be helpful during the process.
How can I protect my assets and investments during divorce?
Particularly in high net worth divorces, it is important to minimize value loss while getting a fair outcome. However, protecting assets is a complex matter that must match your specific circumstances. Your attorney can advise you regarding security, tax implications, title transfers, asset valuation, documentation and other details.
Do mothers or fathers have an advantage in custody disputes?
Gender does not automatically give either parent preferential treatment in a child custody case. Instead, courts examine factors such as the bond that each parent has with the child and each parent’s ability to provide care for the child. In certain situations, the court could also consider the child’s own wishes, which means that they might prefer to live with a specific parent.
Get More Answers At A Consultation
Heidi D. Collier, APC, offers experience from a California bar-certified family law attorney. To speak with Ms. Collier, call 760-933-0503 or send an email today. She will treat your concerns and questions about divorce seriously.