“Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.”
- Dr. Seuss
Divorce & Dissolution
Divorce can be very stressful and complicated, even when ending your marriage is the right thing for you to do. It is very important to have legal representation to advise you of your legal rights, as well as to represent your interests at court. Strench Law can guide you through this process to minimize your stress and to balance your legal interests with your personal and emotional interests. After all, you are the one who lives with the outcome of your divorce case when it's over, not your lawyer. It is important to have a lawyer who understands your goals and listens to the issues in your case. Strench Law will prepare the multitude of legal documents required throughout your case, as well as argue for your rights and goals if settlement cannot be achieved.
Dissolution has the same legal result as a divorce in that the case concludes with the termination of your marriage, but the process itself is entirely different. In a divorce case, one party filed a Complaint for Divorce, serves the other party, and hearings are scheduled before the court until the case is either settled or goes to trial. In a dissolution case, nothing is filed with the court until everything is settled. For spouses who are in agreement about how to divide property and debts and how to allocate parental rights and responsibilities, dissolution may be a less stressful, and more cost-effective method of ending your marriage. Strench Law can help advise you as to whether a dissolution is the best option for you and your family.
Every case addresses all of the following issues (if applicable):
Division of Property & Debts
Child Custody & Visitation
Just like a divorce or dissolution, legal separation cases end with a final court-ordered division of assets and debts, allocation of parental rights and responsibilities, and orders for child and spousal support (if appropriate). The biggest difference is that you will still be legally married. So why not just get divorced? Legal separation is an attractive option for couples who wish to stay married for a variety of reasons: spousal health insurance coverage, tax benefits, military retirement benefits, religious reasons, or to preserve the ability reconcile and nullify their separation agreements. Whatever the reasons, financial or personal in nature, contact Strench Law to discuss whether a legal separation is right for you.
Unlike a divorce or dissolution which end your marriage, an annulment voids your marriage as if it never legally existed in the first place. They are only granted if specific grounds exist, and even then, specific procedural requirements apply. No property is divided, and no spousal support is ordered. Child-related orders may be issued, if applicable. Annulments are not as common, so contact Strench Law to determine whether an annulment is an option for you.