Divorce remains a possibility in many relationships. You’ve invested a great amount of time, energy, and emotions in a marriage that may be about to end. If you find yourself in this situation, you are bound to have many questions. Specific issues related to divorce must be addressed as well.
The law office of Steven J. Gaba in Rockville, Maryland, has the experience, knowledge, and understanding to guide you, answer your questions, and see you through your recent emotional and financial struggles. I have practiced family law for more than 25 years with a focus on divorce-related issues and have assembled a quick list of frequently asked questions that may help you.
What assets am I entitled to once I divorce my spouse?
You deserve a share of all property and assets accumulated with your spouse during your marriage, even if your name is not on the title document. This would include: the primary home, vacation home, and other real estate; cars, boats, jewelry, artwork, antiques and collectibles; retirement-related assets such as 401(k)s, IRAs and pensions; and investments such as mutual funds, stocks and bonds. You invested in a marriage that didn’t work out. You deserve your fair share of the assets. I will help you identify and value these various assets, and then advocate for you to receive your fair share of them.
How will divorce mediation benefit me?
Mediation is a process that is less costly, both financially and emotionally, than going through a court trial. You and your spouse typically sit down with your respective attorneys in the presence of another attorney who serves as a neutral mediator. You discuss divorce-related matters such as finances and child support with the goal of coming to a resolution. When you participate in the resolution, rather than having a judge make decisions for you, you are more likely to have a fair and durable result.
How will I benefit from a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement?
A prenup pulls away the curtain to display the assets and debts of your intended spouse. You will gain a better understanding of his or her financial footing with this premarital agreement that outlines and defines certain financial obligations within a marriage. For example, if your fiancé(e) has a great amount of debt coming into the marriage, you don’t want to be responsible forthat debt once you marry. A prenup can address this issue. These agreements are also important if you have been married before, have children from a prior relationship, or have significant assets that you want to protect in the event of a future divorce.
A postnup works in similar ways, but now that you are married, you’ve accumulated more assets. This may include owning a business. A postnup may protect assets that have grown since you started your business. This agreement can guide people who may be on a second or third marriage, specifying which assets will go to your children, rather than your spouse’s children.
I want to leave an abusive relationship. What should I do?
Sadly, there are many marriages in which domestic abuse is a problem. Depending upon the facts in your case, you may be entitled to a domestic violence protective order designed to prevent your spouse from harming you. The most important thing is to protect yourself and your children. In some situations, this may mean leaving your home, at least temporarily. Be prepared by researching alternative housing or a shelter, try to set aside emergency funds and, of course, contact an attorney. I can provide you with the legal know-how to get through this situation.
Family law covers many areas. I can guide you when faced with a troubled marriage, and I will answer your questions and help you move through this difficult phase.
Have Questions About Family Law? Call Me Now.
With more than 25 years of experience in family law matters, the law office of Steven J. Gaba of Rockville, Maryland, can help you. There are so many other divorce-related topics that I can address. That list includes alimony, child custody, child support matters, separation agreements, collaborative divorce, and alimony. I am an effective and skillful attorney ready to advise and assist you. For a consultation, call me at 301-738-7770. I also accept email inquiries.