Divorce & Family Law Attorneys
Divorce can be an extremely traumatic experience. A divorce can drain you both financially and emotionally; the longer it’s drawn out, the more painful it can be. The decisions that are made at this time can be driven by emotions. At the same time, these agreements and decisions can have lasting effects and cannot be taken lightly. It’s important to have someone in your corner who has experience with the divorce process and family law. This is not the time for a do-it-yourself approach or to engage the services of an inexperienced attorney.
We strongly advise you to secure an experienced divorce attorney who can protect your rights and ensure that you make informed decisions. A good divorce lawyer can get you through the process quickly and with as little harm as possible so you can pick up the pieces and begin the healing process.
Carr | Woodall family law attorneys have a combined experience in divorce matters of more than sixty years. As unique as your case may be, chances are, we’ve dealt with that issue. There are two general types of divorces: contested and uncontested.
An uncontested divorce is one in which the spouses can agree on all issues before meeting with an attorney. The attorney prepares the paperwork. You will not need to attend court. We charge a one-time flat fee of $450 for uncontested divorces. Additionally, you will have to pay a court filing fee of $318 and, if you have minor children, attend a divorce education class which lasts about three hours and costs $65.
A contested divorce is one in which the parties cannot agree on the issues initially. Our divorce lawyers are experienced in even the most complex divorce issues including the division of family businesses, family trusts, irrevocable trusts, international custody disputes, etc.
There are many issues unique to military service members. If you are in the military, do not make the mistake of hiring an attorney who is inexperienced in the unique aspects of a military divorce. Mr. Woodall is a retired National Guard Colonel. He has significant experience dealing with military divorces.
Too many lawyers are reactive rather than proactive. They lack a strategy and pleadings are often prepared and filed without any significant purpose. Developing a strategy is a key ingredient to success. While the divorce progresses, the strategy may evolve or change. Before filing for divorce, we meet with each client to develop a strategy for the case.
This strategy serves as our guide and often allows us to minimize the frequency we need to bother our clients. It is our goal to solve problems causing as little stress as possible to our clients.
Moving out doesn’t mean you’re legally separated. It also doesn’t mean that you’ve abandoned your property. You are married until a court enters a Decree of Divorce. A divorce is initiated by filing a Complaint in District Court. The person filing is the Petitioner. The Complaint will be served with a Summons on the Respondent. The Respondent has twenty-one days to file an answer.
In cases where a conflict is anticipated, the filing party may also file a motion for temporary orders to address custody, property, and financial issues. If domestic violence has been committed, attempted, or threatened, Protective Orders may be entered immediately.
Discovery and Mediation
After the initial filing, the parties are required to exchange relevant documents and information. If the parties are unable to resolve their differences, they will be need to meet with a mediator. This is a neutral party who will attempt to help the parties settle their case. Most cases end up settling at or shortly after mediation.
Those matters that can’t be settled go before a judge in a costly and time consuming process. We will make every effort to settle your action favorably before going to trial. However, we will always advise clients of what we believe the outcome will be at trial so that they can make a decision and balance the pros and cons of going to trial.
Although we like to avoid trial for the benefit of our clients, we excel in litigation and will fight hard to secure the right outcome.
Even after a final decree of divorce is entered, the Court retains continuing jurisdiction to modify child custody, support, and alimony if circumstances change.
If there has been a substantial change in your circumstances since the Decree of Divorce, you must get a petition to modify filed as quickly as possible to avoid accruing significant support debts.