Top Ten Tips Regarding Divorce and Family Law

Never believe your spouse or spouse’s attorney concerning your rights and the law! Your spouse’s attorney does not represent you. A modification of the divorce judgment takes longer, is more difficult to obtain, and more expensive than doing it right the first time. Even if you don’t hire me, get an attorney or at least hire an attorney to review any paperwork on your behalf. Never accept an agreement for child support that is not entered as an order or judgment of the court. An agreement outside the court cannot be enforced by the court and usually ends up not being paid by the person offering it. It is a tactic often used to delay financial responsibility as you will then need to file for divorce or support to get an enforceable order. The best interests of the child are always the court’s foremost interest, but a judge has limited time and ability to explore the facts in a motion session. If you are seeking to prevent visitation, you need every bit of supporting information to back up your claim. Simply telling the judge that the other party drinks too much will not do. You need evidence such as DCF reports, past criminal complaints, restraining orders, doctor’s notes, and school records, etc. If you anticipate or discover your spouse is untruthful in their financial disclosures, have the employment records subpoenaed to court prior to the hearing. Planning your day in court is key. You must know what arguments you are going to present and gather the supporting evidence. A case strategy is an absolute must. The court will impose...