What to Expect when Considering Divorce
Clients considering divorce in northern Maryland often turn to our Rockville office for legal counsel. Most our clients have no idea what to expect in the divorce process. While it may seem overwhelming, it doesn’t have to be. The Law Offices of David Bach, Esq. can assist you every step of the way. Here are a few answers to our clients’ most commonly asked questions about divorce.
How long will my divorce take?
Every divorce is different. Most divorces are finalized within six months of filing the completed paperwork. However, if you and your spouse don’t agree to the terms of your divorce, you may have to wait two years or longer for your case to go to trial.
How much will my divorce cost?
The cost of divorce also depends on varying factors. Conflict between spouses, property involved, dividing financial assets, distributing debt, and how long your case lasts all play a major role in how much you can expect to spend on your divorce. To keep costs low, work out as much with your spouse as possible on your own. And try to keep fighting to a minimum. This will help to expedite the process and, in turn, lower your legal fees.
Do I really need a lawyer?
For the simplest cases, it is possible to file for divorce without an attorney. However, it’s advisable to have a professional walk you through step-by-step and ensure your paperwork is correct.
In addition, lawyers are needed for cases involving any spousal, substance, sexual, or child abuse. They will be able to make arrangements that will help protect you and your children. Clients with hostile, untrustworthy spouses should also find a lawyer who will be vigilant at protecting their interests.
Can my spouse and I share a lawyer?
No. It would be unethical for one lawyer to serve two clients with conflicting interests. However, one of you may retain a lawyer to handle all of the paperwork. Then that attorney can negotiate with the second spouse.