Divorce Settlement Attorney Serving the Raleigh, NC, Area
Cases are often settled on the day of the trial and in some cases even during the trial. So even though you failed to reach an agreement in mediation, there are other opportunities to settle your case. A settlement agreement has some big benefits. It allows you and your spouse or partner more control over your future living and financial arrangements, instead of relying on a judge in a public courtroom to decide your fate.
And then there’s the consideration of time and money. If you go to trial, you may have to months for your case to be heard by the judge. This long wait inevitably means that fees will climb, especially as the trial date approaches.
My spouse has sent me papers asking lots of questions and telling me if have to give them my financial documents. Why?
This is called discovery. This is a process of gathering and exchanging information in preparation for trial or settlement. During discovery, both you and your spouse or partner will gather and provide documents, answer questions, or admit or deny allegations related to your case.
Discovery is a term for the formalized exchange of information that occurs within the context of litigation. This is often a critical process for investigating all the facts in a case. Through discovery, each party can gain a better understanding of the facts in the case and, thus, of the strengths and weaknesses of a particular position. This increased understanding of the facts is gained in discovery through the disclosure of requested information.
If you or your partner file a lawsuit for child support, spousal support, or property divisions, under the Wake County Family Court rules, you will both be obligated to provide certain documents to the other party and to complete documents setting out your marital assets and debts. See child support, spousal support, and property divisions for selected forms and requirements.
My custody case is set for a trial. How long will this last?
If the parties can settle all or some of their issues, they can go to trial and have a judge decide their future. The length of your trial can last from a few hours to many days. It depends on the time the court allocates as well as the number and complexity of the issues to be decided.
Remember, you’re not walking the path alone. Your attorney will be your key advisor, guiding you and advising you on your best legal choices. Talk to your attorney, and it may also be helpful to seek advice from a trained counselor.
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