When two spouses no longer enjoy a marriage together, divorce is an option that offers both husband and wife the chance to move on and experience more satisfying, peaceful lives. However, if you have never experienced the legal and emotional aspects of separation and divorce, initiating the process and trying to understand the avalanche of unfamiliar legal terms suddenly inundating you can be stressful and frightening.
The Reality of Divorce
Divorces are painful, disturbing and often extremely exasperating, especially if you think you may not be receiving what you think you deserve as far as equitable distribution of property and money is concerned.
Because attorneys specializing in family law are familiar with certain legal strategies that skillfully achieve their client’s goals in divorce proceedings, you should hire only an experienced family law attorney capable of empathizing with clients experiencing the end of a marriage.
Pre-nuptial and Post-Nuptial Agreements
Many couples signing pre-nuptial or post-nuptial agreements may not realize that while these agreements can significantly impact the results of a divorce, they are not necessarily irrevocable. For example, pre-nuptials or post-nuptials found to have deliberately concealed assets or debts may result in the agreements being invalidated and dismissed. Further, a judge may decide to throw a pre-nup out if the document demands excessive penalties or appears extremely biased towards either spouse.
Child Custody and Child Support
Probably more contentious than any other aspect of a divorce, child custody and support payment disagreements can deepen the distrust between two divorcing spouses and cause undue stress for all parties involved. Having an experienced and compassionate family law attorney representing you in court assures you that the final ruling regarding disbursement of monies involved in support, alimony or equitable distribution settlements will be fair and commensurate with your goals.
When a couple is legally separated prior to commencing divorce proceedings, a post-separation agreement may be created that delineates aspects of child custody, child support, alimony and division of property. Post-separation agreements can be just as complicated as divorce settlements and require the attention of a professional family law attorney.
Family law attorney Gregory Hunt firmly believes that no one should ever attempt to represent themselves in a divorce proceeding. Spouses who have appropriately contributed to a marriage both emotionally and economically deserve the right to be represented by a skilled attorney like Mr. Hunt who genuinely cares about your expectations and has extensive experience devising effective divorce proceeding strategies that are capable of achieving your goals.
Domestic violence is a very serious issue, which can have a lasting negative impact on a family. That is why the law in North Carolina provides victims of domestic violence robust protection against his or her abuser(s); a victim of domestic violence may obtain a “Domestic Violence Protective Order” or “DVPO.” A DVPO prohibits the abuser(s) from committing any additional acts of domestic violence against them and/or their minor children. The court may also allow the victim to retain possession of the parties’ home/apartment, car, award him or her temporary custody of their minor children, and/or attorney’s fees.
If you are a victim of domestic violence, don’t wait! Call Hunt Law, PLLC today for a case evaluation.