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Choosing your divorce lawyer can be one of the most important things you do in your divorce. If you want to change to a different lawyer after you have hired one, you may not be able to. Often the judge has to give you permission to change or substitute attorneys. If it is close to trial or another important hearing, the judge may not allow you to change lawyers. It can also be expensive to switch lawyers.
The court may award spousal support to either spouse, but a spouse seeking maintenance must request it in the divorce complaint. In determining the need, duration, and amount of maintenance, the court considers the finances of the spouse requesting support, the time needed for schooling or training to help the petitioning spouse find a job, the earning capacity of each spouse, the standard of living enjoyed during the marriage, the duration of the marriage, the age and health of both spouses, and the conduct or misconduct of the spouses during the marriage and divorce.
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