A: A typical divorce can last six months to a year and a half, depending on the number of issues at play and whether the parties are able to make agreements on those issues. At minimum, state law requires that 91 days pass after the party is served before a final order can be issued.
A: I charge $85 for a 30-minute initial consultation and an hourly rate thereafter. I give an estimate of what an entire case will cost at the initial consultation as different variables in each case can affect the total cost.
A: Generally, you file a petition and then have your spouse served. You'll likely go to an initial status conference to introduce you and your spouse to the process. Your case may go to court for a temporary orders hearing to address things like child support, temporary alimony, and parenting time while the case is ongoing. Most cases will go to mediation and outstanding issues will be resolved in a final court hearing.
A: In mediation, both parties and their attorneys meet with a mediator who aids them in coming to agreement on the many issues in their divorce. The mediator is not supposed to take sides, but provides perspective to both parties in order to help them find common ground. Most issues can be resolved in mediation, but when they are not, the parties take the issues before a judge in court.
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