Divorce and Separations
It doesn’t matter if you have assets in the millions or ten bucks to your name, divorce or separation can have a devastating emotional and financial impact on everyone involved.
In no time at all, seemingly amicable divorces can turn unpleasant or bitter and straightforward dissolutions can become entangled — that’s why you should always have an attorney on your side, protecting and looking out for your best interests and rights and the interests of your minor children.
At the Law Offices of Michael Hines, P.A., we handle the most complex to the simplest of divorces and separation agreements with the same vigor and compassion. Our years of experience in family law confirms that the effects of divorce have no income or class boundaries, and everyone deserves the right to fair representation regardless of wealth or public status.
Some of the divorce cases we can handle are:
- Adoption including open and closed adoption, stepparent adoption and adoption from foster care or overseas
- Alimony including spousal support, maintenance or separate maintenance
- Child custody and visitation including temporary custody, full, sole and joint custody as well as grandparent and non-custodial visitation
- Child support including child support orders, support enforcement and modifications
- Contested and uncontested divorces including fault and no-fault divorces, annulments and legal separations
- Equitable distributions including marital debts, assets, retirement accounts, pensions, stocks and bonds and QDROs, or qualified domestic relations orders
- Paternity issues including acknowledgement and testing
- Substantial assets/forensic accounting
Count on Michael Hines. Call today.
Divorce and Separation Checklist:
We’ve learned that certain "generic" things need to be done in all divorces cases, no matter how you feel your spouse will act, and no matter how amicable you expect the divorce to be. Here are 15 things you must do as soon as you can:
- If any domestic violence occurs, call the police immediately and go somewhere safe.
- Except in the case of domestic violence, if you have children, it is best not to move out of the family residence. If you have already moved out, ask youself, "can I move back in?" Domestic violence situations require special advice, if you or your children are being abused, call the police and an attorney immediately.
- If you have children, get a temporary injunction against taking the children out of the state. A temporary injunction can be easily obtained by going to the Courthouse filing a Petition for Temporary Injunction. The Courthouse has staff dedicated to assisting you with drawing up the Petition.
- Do not allow your spouse to take the children and leave.
- Engage an attorney immediately.
- Insist on 50% legal custody and parenting time.
- Move your personal papers and records to a safe location, away from the family home.
- Cancel all jointly-owned credit cards.
- Safeguard all jointly-owned bank accounts.
- Make a record of all marital property, use a video camera or take pictures where possible and store in a safe location away from the family residence.
- Secure your more valuable personal property; inventory and safeguard all
- Reduce unnecessary expenses immediately.
- Start keeping a daily journal.
- Do not sign anything.
- Prepare yourself for false allegations and distortion of facts.