We recognize each aspect of a divorce presents its own unique challenges to you and your family. Our divorce attorneys know that at the heart of each case is a client who is in need of assistance in dealing with the way family law impacts their life. Each case can be an emotional and challenging process; we are here to assist you – with integrity, compassion, and a personal touch all the way. Therefore, we will provide highly skilled and competent legal representation at a reasonable fee.
At The Family Law Offices of The Buncher Law Corporation, we recognize that each client has a unique set of circumstances and we work to quickly and successfully resolve their family law issues.
We will work to identify our client's needs, maintaining contact with them, and protecting their interests and those of their children.
THE DIVORCE PROCESS IN 6 STEPS:
The divorce action is begun with the filing and service of the Summons and Petition for Dissolution in your county of residence.
If it is necessary to have the court set the temporary terms and conditions regarding children or finances the parties are to follow during the pendency of the divorce action, then an Order to Show Cause for Temporary Order and an Affidavit for Temporary Order will be filed concurrently with the Summons and Petition, or shortly thereafter.If it is necessary to have the court set the temporary terms and conditions regarding children or finances (e.g., temporary support) the parties are to follow during the pendency of the divorce action, then an Order to Show Cause can be filed concurrently with the Summons and Petition, or shortly thereafter.
Prior to the first hearing you will need a completed financial statement (Referred to as a Declaration of Income and Expenses), copies of your wage statements for the previous eight weeks and federal and state tax returns for the previous two years. The draft financial statement form should be forwarded to your attorney as soon as possible after the filing of the action, but no later than one week before the first hearing to allow time for verification, corrections, and typing. Whether or not there is a first hearing in your case, the financial disclosure statement must be prepared within 90 days of the start of the action.
If an settlement cannot be worked out, the case will ultimately need to be tried. The trial may be on all issues in your case, or just one or more limited issues that could not be settled. Some attorneys are afraid to try cases. Others want to try them to generate more fees. Whether we recommend trial simply depends upon what is in your best interest.
Enforcing orders: If either you or your spouse fail to abide by any court order including temporary orders made by the court (for example, failure to pay support or refusal to grant visitation), the court may be asked to hold the offending spouse “in contempt” and to impose appropriate sanctions (punishment). Contempt actions are very serious, as they are quasi-criminal in nature, and can result in fines and imprisonment. You should inform your attorney immediately if your spouse does not follow through on any orders of the court.
is an option to try and settled a contested divorce outside of the court room. We are often successful in settling a case without the added cost of a mediator. However, when necessary, they can be a better alternative to litigation in many cases. Mediation involves the use of a neutral third-party specially trained to assist parties in reaching agreements on property, support, and child custody (hot link to the mediation section of the divorce options section).