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Divorce

While a divorce can feel very immediate, painful and upsetting, a divorce can also be a long, strategic proceeding. You need strong allies who can make you comfortable with the process and guide you toward the outcome you want for yourself and your family. We excel at listening to you with compassion and then helping you walk through the best strategy for you.

When you come into our offices for information about a family law matter, we walk you through how the process works and then listen to the details of your particular case. At that first meeting we can often give you a good idea of what to expect during the case and afterwards. We create a strategy and best approach for you. Frequently our clients leave this first meeting feeling much better than when they arrive.

Over the course of the divorce, we have as much or as little contact with you as you need. When you engage with the team of Pollock Begg Komar Glasser & Vertz LLC, you receive a powerful ally with deep expertise that works seamlessly to manage your case with utmost care and precision. We handle complex and high net worth divorces, as well as work with families of varying income levels and can provide the services you need in a cost-effective manner.

Will my standard of living change?

It may. You and your spouse will need separate residences and will no longer share a single set of bills. If you didn't work during the marriage, you may be faced with the prospect of reentering the workforce. In some cases, support, alimony and division of marital property are very straightforward and we can quickly give you an idea of what to expect. In complex cases, we are adept at understanding the long-term tax planning and other intricate financial implications of how you set up the division of property, support and alimony. We steer our clients toward the most fair and advantageous outcomes possible.

Will I have to go to court?

Most of our divorce cases settle and don't go to trial. Our philosophy is that when our opponents realize that litigation is going to be risky for them because of our strength of knowledge and preparation of the case, they come to the table to negotiate a settlement. If your case does require a trial for spousal support, custody or division of property issues, we go into the courtroom with the power of decades of experience, well-respected litigators and a flawlessly prepared case.

In addition, we are adept at collaborative law, which is becoming increasingly popular. Practically any case can be collaboratively handled if both parties have an interest in a quick, private resolution of their custody and economic issues. Collaboration clients tend to have more civil relationships after the divorce.

How long will it take?

A divorce can range from a few months to a few years. In the case of a collaborative law divorce, from the time both parties agree on that course of action and begin the process, it can be complete in six to eight weeks. In a divorce in which both parties agree they want the divorce, called an uncontested divorce, there is a 90-day cooling off period after which both parties can file the documents to obtain a decree. No one has to appear in court. If there are no outstanding claims, the final divorce decree can be entered. If one party does not agree to the divorce and it's contested, they have to wait two years from the date of separation before they can move forward to resolve the economic issues and enter a divorce decree.