Divorce can be the occasion for some unpleasant revelations. For example, a spouse may have assumed that there were no secrets regarding marital finances. However, when approaching divorce, a spouse may find that he or she needs to become a detective in order to properly inventory the assets of the marital estate.

Specifically, a spouse may need to do some investigation to learn online passwords to accounts, schedules of automatic payments, holdings in a securities portfolio, and the associated account numbers and investment advisors. 

An attorney that focuses on family law and divorce issues can provide insight into state law nuances and the ins-and-outs of the local judges. Although it may be impossible to predict how a judge will rule with 100 percent accuracy, an attorney who has studied a court’s past decisions might provide more strategic insight. In some cases, it may be in a couple’s mutual interest to resolve issues outside of court. Presenting a mutual proposal to a court certainly has a better chance of success than rolling the dice in contested litigation.

Finally, an attorney can also help his or her client plan for post-divorce living expenses. In fact, that planning may be necessary in order to request an accurate amount of spousal or child support. 

Whether an individual is concerned about property division, child or spousal support, or simply the privacy concerns implicated by a divorce filing, an attorney with an eye for detail and experience in family law can ease those fears and provide sound legal representation. 

Source: FindLaw, “Checklist: Issues To Discuss With Your Divorce Attorney