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You just spent 9 of the worst months of your life, but it’s almost over. You had no idea divorce could be so painful. Your spouse, your partner, is now your worst enemy.
A typical case involves financial services from the initiation of the case after the initial filings. The attorney and financial planner meet with the client to discuss the legal and financial strategy.
The courts have been imputing earned income to an unemployed or underemployed person for years, regardless of whether that spouse is the supporting or the supported spouse and in the context of both spousal and child support. By the same token, a party is not expected nor permitted to underutilize financial capital.
Lifestyle analysis is primarily used to establish the historical pre-divorce standard of living for determining spousal support.
The decision to get a divorce is never easy. In the current recession, the decision is even harder to make as spouses look at their debts and wonder how they can make it financially without their partner, even if the marriage has become intolerable. As the mortgage payments, credit cards and other bills begin to mount, it is important for people to remember that they have options and staying in a broken marriage does not have to be one of them.
Prior to filing, either spouse may ask the court to order mediation in order to either save the marriage or to obtain an amicable settlement and avoid further litigation. After filing, either spouse may request that the proceedings be transferred to the Conciliation Court for mediation. If one spouse denies that the marriage is irretrievably broken, the court my delay the case for up to 60 days and order the spouses to attend a conciliation conference.
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