Deciding to go down the path of divorce isn’t something couples plan for and, once it happens, it isn’t an easy process. One common misconception is that your divorce case will automatically be decided for you. Unfortunately, most couples find, instead, it can be a long grueling process of negotiation between sides.
Judges don’t really want to decide your case for you—they’d much rather a couple come to their own terms. If you can’t come to a mutual agreement on your own or with the help of attorneys, a judge will of course make the decisions for you. However, it may be less than what you were hoping for.
What Can Judges Decide?
A court can make a ruling about most anything asked of it in a divorce case. Although not strictly limited to, below are the most typical issues a court will see in a divorce case.
How Will Decisions Be Made?
Of course, decisions may not always seem fair and there’s no single outcome set in stone. Judges will make these difficult decisions based on the specific facts of each case based on the laws and precedent of the state.
Since the issues involved are extremely personal, especially when it comes to parenting decisions, most courts prefer to stay out of it and let the couple negotiate on their own. A good strategy? Negotiate outside of court. Go to mediation. Some courts, like Lake County, offer free mediation. Expect to meet somewhere in the middle. Leaving it up to a court could leave you with a bare-boned outcome based on legal minimums that may not always seem fair.
Attorney Timothy Hacking can help you with navigating the complexities of divorce. We are a leading law firm located in Lake County, with our office located in Painesville.
If you are ready to discuss your case please consider calling us at (440) 354-7734.