How To Approach Divorce

Preparing You For The Court's Legal Processes

One of the most common misconceptions we encounter at Fridie Law Group L.L.C. concerns the legal process during a divorce. The court will schedule several hearings because decisions regarding alimony, child custody and support, and the division of your marital property require the opportunity for discovery and settlement discussions.

Working With You In An Uncontested Divorce

The type of divorce filing also impacts the legal timetable. The most expedient legal process is an uncontested divorce. Under this approach, the parties work out the framework of an agreement outside of court. We are present during these discussions to ensure that you do not overlook key topics or unknowingly compromise your legal rights. The discussion concludes with drafting a settlement agreement that both parties sign and enter into evidence for the court's approval. To maximize the value of this approach, we offer our clients a flat fee.

Gearing Up Our Litigation Strategy In A Contested Divorce

A contested divorce, in contrast, means that the parties are seeking the court's determination on one or more issues that they have been unable to resolve. The court will set a litigation schedule, and we get to work preparing the evidence and trial strategy you will need to present a persuasive case. That preparation may also include witness preparation, such as forensic accountants to testify about property division matters or child psychologists to offer their opinions about custody and/or visitation arrangements that will be in the best interests of a child.

Staying Open To Cost-Efficient Resolutions

After filing for divorce, the court requires certain alternative dispute resolution processes. We know that these processes can be intimidating and confusing, especially if they are unfamiliar. Our legal representation thoroughly prepares you for what to expect at these functions, and we will always be by your side.

The matrimonial early settlement panel is an example of one opportunity for the parties to resolve issues in advance of a court hearing. While certain issues, like child support, remain in the court's control, the parties may be able to reach agreement on parenting or property division issues. Another court process is the custody-neutral assessment, or CNA report, where a child care professional submits his or her custody recommendations under protective order to the judge.

Get Peace Of Mind Today

Learn more about our comprehensive divorce practice by scheduling a free initial consultation with us. We are conveniently located in Cinnaminson and can be contacted at 856-499-0400. You may also complete our online contact form.