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How A Divorce Lawyer Can Help

Dec 26, 2007
The legal system is a very complex system. Although it may seem to be expensive and time consuming, seeking advice from a lawyer can be a good investment that may actually save you time and money. When searching for a lawyer to represent you, it is extremely important to find one that can understand your legal problem and use expertise and experience to reach a satisfactory conclusion.

When experiencing a divorce, and the care of your children and martial assets are foremost on your mind, a family lawyer is what you need. Relying on a property settlement without the aid of a family lawyer is fairly risky. In the future, decisions made could come back to cause trouble if one of the partners decides to change his or her mind, or if it was found he or she concealed something. The term "property" when referred to in a property settlement can be interpreted as pretty much anything that is capable of being owned. A property settlement includes everything belonging to the couple, regardless of whose name it is in, who bought it, or if it was owned prior to the marriage.

Although it seems like an extremely difficult situation, this is where a family lawyer can be of help. When many people hear the term lawyer, they think immediately of going to court, but in a family law situation, going to court is best left as a last resort. Most family law matters can be solved through simple negotiation. A family lawyer can help in obtaining a satisfactory outcome and in preventing ongoing complications in the future by advising you on your legal entitlements over the joint pool of assets. This does not mean a 50:50 split of the assets will occur, but rather a fair division based on the personal circumstances of the situation.

A family lawyer will give advice about the nature and amount of financial and non-financial contributions made by you and your partner. Financial contributions include wages, while non-financial contributions include items such as parental responsibilities. The lawyer will also help determine the future needs of the individuals. This can include factors such as age, health, educational qualifications related to future job prospects, and if there are dependent children that will need parental care.

If the parties involved are honest and wish to reach a peaceful and fair settlement, a family lawyer can be a valuable asset in helping them achieve that goal. If things do not go so pleasantly, however, a lawyer can help in other ways as well.

Often times in a divorce, one individual will assume he or she has the rights to a certain asset, and will conceal it for the negotiation process. If suspicions are present, a lawyer can increase pressure on that member to meet the obligations of the settlement. This unfortunate situation may then lead to going to court, which can raise costs even more, cause emotional stress, and does not guarantee the desired result in all situations.

Experiencing a divorce can be a stressful and challenging experience. Any means of reducing this stress cannot be a bad idea. If both individuals are open and honest and desire a fair and unbiased solution, a family lawyer is the way to go. He or she will listen to all the concerns present and give objective advice about your rights of entitlement and legal obligations until a desired settlement is reached.

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The Rochester MN divorce lawyer and attorney law firm of Patterson & Associates provides legal assistance related to family law .
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