How long does the divorce process take?
The amount of time it’ll take to finalize your divorce will depend on multiple factors, including your location and whether you have any disagreements with your spouse. If you’re in a contested divorce and arguing over estates or child custody, divorce can go on for months and sometimes years.
Can I get divorced without going to court?
Yes! In most places, you can avoid court proceedings and fees by going with divorce mediation, which involves a neutral third-party meeting with the couple to help them settle any disputes and draft a settlement agreement. If your divorce is uncontested, it’s possible for you to finalize your divorce without ever having to appear in court.
What is alimony and how can I receive it?
Alimony, also defined by some states as “spousal support” or “maintenance,” refers to the payments that one spouse is required to make to the other. Alimony payments were implemented as a part of the divorce to establish equal financial grounds for a couple. You may be able to be awarded alimony if the judge determines you’ve demonstrated financial need and there’s considerably unequal earning power between you and your spouse.
Does the mother usually get child custody in a divorce?
One of the most common misconceptions of divorce today is that the courts will always award custody to the mother, which makes sense considering this was the norm in the past. However, the law no longer assumes that mothers are the better parents. The courts take multiple factors into consideration when determining what is in the best interests of the child, such as your income and whether you have a history of abuse or addiction.