Your attorney is your best ally in your divorce case. He or she will explain the law, answer your questions, suggest settlements, advise you what to do, stand up for your rights, and help you make sense of the legal process. However there are some things your attorney can’t do in your divorce.
- Be Your Therapist. Although your attorney knows a lot about divorce, can offer a lot of practical advice, and is ready to help you work through all the legal issues in your case, he or she is not a therapist and isn’t able to help you work through the many personal and emotional issues involved in your case. In many divorces, you need both an attorney and a therapist so that you can work through all of the issues involved in your divorce from a legal as well as a personal perspective.
- Make Money Appear. Money is usually one of the biggest issues in most divorces and there is almost never enough money to make everyone happy. The income and assets that supported your family during marriage must now be split in half to support two separate homes. It is often a stretch for some couples. New Jersey divides assets under equitable distribution, so each spouse gets a fair portion. What is fair under the law may not feel very fair to your bank account. Your attorney can help you maximize your settlement or order, but can’t increase the amount of assets that are being divided.
- Change the Law. While there are lots of careful legal arguments to be made and many strategies and maneuvers that skilled attorneys employ to benefit their clients, at the end of the day, New Jersey has laws about custody, child support, spousal support, and asset distribution that provide a rigid framework. Your attorney will optimize your situation within that framework, but there are some things that cannot be changed.
For assistance with your divorce or family law case, contact DeTorres & DeGeorge in Clinton, New Jersey and the surrounding areas. Call us today at 908-284-6005.