Divorce — What are the Issues and Where to Start

If you are ready to get a Divorce, Choosing the Right Attorney with the Experience, Attitude, and Ability to help you achieve your goals is the most important first step.  For more than 25 years, Columbus Divorce Attorney Anthony W. Greco has been helping client’s deal with the stress and life altering circumstances they often face when going through their divorce.

At your initial consultation, Anthony Greco will listen to you explain the factual circumstances involved in your situation, then you will have a discussion about the issues that you and your spouse are definitely in disagreement on, as well as what your personal and financial needs and goals are for the divorce.  Anthony Greco will then explain your legal options and explore the legal strategies that can help you achieve your goals.  Anthony Greco has more than two decades of experience dealing with complicated “high asset” matters, disputes in asset valuation or “hidden” asset issues, professional practice or the ownership of a family business cases, as well as representing client’s who want to know if their spouse has spent money on their girlfriend or boyfriend.  It is critical to choose an experienced, aggressive and results oriented divorce attorney.  It will make a huge difference in achieving the most favorable results possible in your Divorce, and can assist you with moving on with your life after Divorce.

Divorce — the Basics

Divorce can be finalized by agreement or it can be contested.  A Divorce Agreement can result in a Dissolution Decree, or in a Agreed Judgement Entry Decree of Divorce.  In both situations, the end result is the same.  The parties are agreeing to each and every term involved in the termination of their marriage.  The primary difference between the two options is, the timing as to when the parties reach the agreement.  If the parties are in disagreement concerning at least one issue involved in the termination of the marriage at the beginning the case, the only way to start the process by filing a Complaint for Divorce.  Terminating a marriage by filing a Complaint for Divorce is, at least initially, an “adversarial” type of proceeding in which the parties are legally terminating their marital relationship, and are not in agreement on all of their issues.  However, it is very common for parties to reach an agreement  at some point in the case, after each of them is satisfied that they have all of the information they need to make an informed agreement.

Divorce – How To Find Out The Truth

The parties may conduct extensive “discovery” to determine the value of assets and liabilities, find “hidden” assets, determine what is in “the “best interests” of the children, and determine the appropriate ground or reason for the divorce.  The Court and parties will review and value all of the assets and debts of the parties, including separate, inherited, premarital or “separate” as well as marital assets and debts. The Court will divide and assign values to each and every marital asset and debt of the parties. The Court will also rule on all issues relating to the minor children of the parties including the future residence(s) and or schools for the children, the parents’ involvement in decision making for the children, support for the children, medical insurance for the children, and the use of dependency exemptions. Divorce may also involve issues concerning support of the former Husband or Wife (Also see Spousal Support (Alimony) section of this website).

Divorce – Should You Settle or Go To Trial

At any time after the filing of a Divorce the parties may “settle” the pending issues and thus avoid the expense and time in having the Court “decide” or make Orders regarding those issues after an actual evidentiary trial. If the parties settle, they may agree upon the terms of an Agreed Order and ask the Court to approve said terms. In a contested trial, the parties present evidence to the Court on all disputed issues. These issues could range from “every” issue which could possibly be before the Court, to the submission of just one issue, such as “custody“, or the valuation of marital interest in a particular asset such as a family business or medical practice.  It is absolutely critical for anyone involved in the termination of a marriage to obtain experienced legal advice when trying to figure out whether a Dissolution or Divorce is best for them.

The Law Office of Anthony W. Greco is committed to providing each and every Client with professional, aggressive and practical representation, while being sensitive to the Client’s unique concerns and goals.  With more than 22 years of experience, our firm is equipped to deal with all issues involved in Divorce and Dissolution. From the complex, high-asset cases, emotionally charged case, to the most basic Dissolution, The Law Office of Anthony W. Greco is prepared to aggressively represent its Clients’ concerns and interests from the first day of representation through trial.

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