The breakup of a marriage is a very emotional
time in your life. We understand the turmoil in your life and are
experienced in guiding you through what can be a very confusing
process. Each lawyer takes a hands-on approach in conjunction with our
Attorney Kevin Corrigall and Attorney Donald
Mayew are experienced in Divorce and Custody litigation.
Attorney Corrigall currently serves as a
Guardian ad Litem representing the best interests of children in custody
Attorney Donald Mayew previously served
as a Guardian ad Ltem in excess of 12 years representing the best
interests of children.
What is Divorce?
Divorce is the legal
process to end a marriage. When the parties are unable to agree, the
court (a judge) will decide custody and financial issues. A final
judgment of divorce will decide property division issues, custody and
placement of children, child support and maintenance for one of the
parties. Most divorces are settled without a court trial. However, a
court trial to resolve conflicts can be expensive.
How do divorce issues get settled?
ordered by the court will often result in a settlement of all or most of
the issues. The mediation is usually a social worker who is trained in
directing the parties to a mutually agreed upon settlement. Mediation can
be a voluntary cooperative process agreed to by each party or it may be
court ordered during the pendency of a divorce action.
of a Lawyer. The traditional
manner of resolving a divorce action is where each party hires a lawyer
who advocates your position in court hearings and in negotiations with the
other partyís lawyer. Most communication is through your respective
lawyers. If the negotiation process doesnít work, a formal court trial
will follow and a judge will decide all disputed issues including custody
and placement of a minor child.
and placement dispute where
custody and placement are an issue, each parent will be required by the
judge to attend at least one session of mediation. If this mediation
fails, the judge will appoint a Guardian ad Litem (a lawyer who will
represent the best interest of your child).
Do you need a lawyer?
You donít have to have a lawyer. However,
a lawyer can provide guidance and help in many ways:
Advise you as to the law
Explain the legal consequences of
decisions and process choices.
Explore with you the legal effects
of custody and placement.
Provide you with the facts and law
to allow you to make informed decisions
Draft and file all necessary court