No matter the situation, contested or uncontested, agreeable parties or not, terminating a marriage is a difficult time in everyone’s life. Every aspect of your life is in transition when going through a divorce especially if the situation involves children. The terms of a divorce decree, property settlement agreement, and/or a custody agreement can have lifelong impacts to the parties. Making decisions when so many areas of your life are in transition is more complicated than parties think when they approach the divorce decision and process. Because you are signing documents and making decisions which significantly impact your life and possibly the lives of your children, you should seek the advice of an attorney who understands both the law, and your individual circumstances. The attorney you choose should be someone who thoroughly listens to all of the details of your situation before he provides a recommendation to you. Divorce and custody is not a one size fits all situation. The attorney you choose should take the time to make sure you understand not only the primary and immediate effects of any agreement you make, but also the potential second and third order effects next year, in a decade or longer. Do you need an attorney? Most people hire a plumber to fix their plumbing, an electrician to wire their home, and a mechanic to service their car. If you hire an expert for these tasks, then why wouldn’t you hire someone with experience and detailed knowledge of the law to craft the documents which will affect the next 15 years or more of your life? Divorce, custody, property settlement, child support and spousal support (alimony) are big deals. Let me help you in this difficult process and guide you around the pitfalls along the road.