There are many ways to approach divorce, depending on how much you and your spouse disagree with each other, and what property and children you share. If you and your spouse have little to no property to divide, don’t have children together, or have few disagreements, you may be excellent candidates for an uncontested divorce.

If there are contentions, but both parties would rather avoid litigation, mediation might be a great path. Mediation is a process in which both spouses meet with an unbiased third party to discuss the issues at hand and reach a compromise. Once the compromise is reached, the matter is treated as though the couple agreed all along and an uncontested divorce can still be filed.

Sometimes, an uncontested divorce is unrealistic for a couple. This is particularly true in high net-worth divorces or when there is a lot on the table. When couples simply can’t reach an agreement on a divorce related matter, such as how to divide property or who will have primary custody of the children, litigation may be the only way to resolve the issue.

Litigation can be costlier and lengthier than other divorce options, however, you may stand to gain more by bringing your case to court before a judge. In this case, it is absolutely imperative that you have zealous legal representation. Without an experienced matrimonial attorney, you stand to lose much more than you bargained for in your divorce.

Many believe that the courts mainly side with women when it comes to issues that arise during a divorce. In today’s divorce processes, however, men should legally be afforded the same rights as women. When it comes to spousal support, it is granted by taking many things into consideration, such as the duration of the marriage and the difference in both party’s income. The larger the income difference, and the longer the marriage, the larger the alimony payments tend to be. If you find yourself in either side of this situation, it is imperative to seek out legal help.

Some parents who experience relationship difficulties and decide to part ways are able to work out their issues regarding children through counseling, talking their problems through with each other, or mediation. This does not mean that all problems can be resolved this way. For some, litigation might be necessary to protect your rights as a father. Regardless of custody, child support will play an integral role in your divorce: if you have children you will either be paying it, or receiving it. Having expert legal advice is of utmost importance to protect your and your children’s best interest.

Steven provides effective and diligent representation and advice to individuals and families, with a particular focus on the unique circumstances of each case. During law school, Steven sought out public service internships with various legal services organizations, including the Center for Family Representation. Additionally, Steven had the honor of serving as Editor-in-Chief of the Cardozo Journal of Law and Gender, and also participated in the Intensive Trial Advocacy Program.