If you’re thinking about getting a divorce in Massachusetts, you may be on the fence about whether or not you need a divorce lawyer. By understanding what a divorce lawyer does, you may be better able to make a decision about whether or not working with a divorce lawyer is right for you. Here’s an overview of what a divorce lawyer does and the services that the Law Office of Heather M. Ward can provide–
What Does a Divorce Lawyer Do?
A divorce lawyer wears many hats during the divorce process. Some of the various things that you divorce lawyer will do for you include:
- Explaining your rights and the law. One of the most important things that your divorce lawyer will do is to explain your rights during the divorce process and the laws surrounding your divorce. For example, if you’re not sure what your rights are regarding division of property, spousal support, or child custody, your attorney can guide you through these issues and answer any questions that you have.
- Advising you during negotiations. Before your divorce can be finalized, you and your spouse will need to reach an agreement regarding various issues in your divorce. Typically, the best way to do this is through mediation and negotiation. Even if your divorce is amicable, though, working with a skilled attorney who can advise you during negotiations and ensure your best interests are protected is a good idea. If things are more contentious and you and your spouse cannot talk to one another amicably, your attorney can represent you in negotiations.
- Handling discovery and investigations. If your case goes to court, one part of the process is the discovery process, where you and your spouse will both make a full financial disclosure to one another. Your attorney can handle this on your behalf. What’s more, your attorney can also handle any necessary investigation. For example, if you believe your spouse is hiding assets, your attorney can work to uncover hidden assets.
- Representing you during litigation. Again, resolving issues in your divorce through mediation and out-of-court negotiations is best; doing so is less stressful, less time-intensive, and less expensive. However, there are some cases where litigation is required to settle a divorce. If this is the case, your attorney will be responsible for representing you during litigation and fighting for the best possible case outcome.
Of course, your lawyer will also be responsible for filling out and filing any divorce-related documents throughout the process.
Call the Law Office of Heather M. Ward Today
At the Law Office of Heather M. Ward, we believe that a divorce attorney should be committed to their clients, always making the case that they’re working on a top priority. When you call our lawyer, we will commit to being responsive, and will fully dedicate our efforts to your case. To learn more about filing for a divorce, navigating complex issues in a divorce, or settling a divorce, send our Massachusetts divorce lawyer a message or call (617) 903-8955 today.