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A lawyer to get a divorce can help individuals with all legal proceedings after they decide to get separated from their spouse. Divorce is a legal procedure between married individuals to terminate the relationship. Legal actions like divorce require professional help because individuals want to ensure no terms,conditions, or obligations are left behind during the separation procedure.

The following blog gives more details about approaching a lawyer to get a divorce, its benefits, and other associated procedures.

What Is a Divorce Lawyer?

A divorce lawyer is an attorney who protects the rights of the client and handles custody and other financial aspects. The lawyer begins work by reviewing the client’s situation and other related documents, such as tax returns, paychecks, and property value details. The professional attorney further listens to the client’s account of the marital situation and gives advice depending on it.

Divorce lawyers are also well-versed in drafting the marriage settlement agreement – a legal contract that outlines the terms of alimony, child custody, financial support, division of assets, etc., between the spouses.

What Does a Divorce Lawyer Do?

A divorce lawyer can explain the benefits of asking the court to dissolve a marriage for various reasons ranging from abuse, cruel treatment, adultery, to incarceration and property disputes between married couples.

However, the lawyer also accomplishes other roles and responsibilities related to the client’s divorce as discussed below.

  • Provide Objective Advice

    A divorce lawyer can talk to the client about the problems they are facing during their marriage and discuss the factors that may affect the future. They can also give objective advice on aspects, such as custody and financial support issues by serving as a go-between the client and the other party.

  • Account For Marital Assets

    The divorce lawyer ensures that the client discloses all property details that help properly distribute marital assets. In a few marriages, one spouse may have handled all the financial matters while the other spouse may not be aware of their debts and assets. The lawyer helps collect such records and locate all assets and liabilities for the divorce settlement to address the possessions.

  • Explain Property Division

    A divorce lawyer explains how the property will be divided upon the dissolution of the marriage. Married individuals may possess separate property that they may have acquired ahead of marriage.

    Most spouses accumulate such assets separately as decided through a prenuptial agreement. The lawyer can help solve such property division matters by analyzing all documents and protecting the client assets.

  • Devise a Debt Repayment Plan

    Most times, both the husband and the wife may be legally responsible for a joint debt. In many cases, a single spouse may be held responsible for the debt. So, a divorce lawyer can help the client to protect himself or herself from debt liabilities after heading for separation.

  • Spousal Support and Other Benefits

    A divorce lawyer also helps determine how the client will get spousal support or get entitled to pay for it after separation. For the unversed, the court orders spousal support when the husband and wife have different incomes or when one spouse sacrifices his or her career for the other one. So, a lawyer can help such legal complications by presenting significant evidence in court.

  • Custody Plans

    Parenting plans become significant when a married couple heads for a divorce. The attorney can advise the client in developing an efficient parenting plan that works for the parents and addresses the child’s requirements.

  • Divorce Paper Preparation

    Couples must submit formal papers to the court to get the approval order for their divorce. The divorce lawyer can assist clients in preparing the court papers or responding to the other spouse’s divorce petition.

  • Negotiate Settlements

    A divorce lawyer can help clients negotiate various matters related to marital relationships, estate, property, and other financial agreements. The lawyer also tries to ensure that the process does not involve litigation, so the matter gets settled in court faster and with lesser effort.

What Is the Salary of a Divorce Lawyer?

The average salary of a divorce lawyer in the United States ranges between $25,415 to $679,997. Moreover, a lawyer may charge a median amount of around $121,978 for a divorce proceeding.

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Key Terms Related to Divorce

Divorce is a complex procedure that comprises several terms with special significance. Clients must understand such terms to assist their lawyers in solving the court proceedings in a hassle-free manner.

  • Alimony: A financial payment made to support the spouse during separation or after the divorce.
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR): A method to solve legal disputes in a less adversarial manner without any trial.
  • Arrearage: The amount paid for the child or spousal support.
  • Child Support: The amount paid by a non-custodial parent to the child’s custodial parent for financial support.
  • Child Support Guidelines: Legal guidelines established according to state or federal laws to set how child support will be calculated, depending on parents’ income and children’s needs.
  • Custody: A legal means to have rights over the child.
  • Decree: A written order of the court finalizing the divorce.
  • Default: Failure to answer a complaint or a petition for divorce.
  • Defendant: The individual against whom the legal papers get filed.
  • Deposition: The information-exchanging process of a particular legal proceeding, in which the lawyer for the other party asks questions.
  • Discovery: The information-exchanging process of a legal proceeding that includes interrogations and depositions.
  • Dissolution: It is another term for the word ‘divorce.’
  • Domestic Violence: Threats of abuse or physical abuse that occurs between the members of the same household.
  • Equitable Distribution: A division of property considered fair in view of the given circumstances.
  • Interrogatories: Written questions sent by the opposing party that an individual must answer in writing.
  • Joint Legal Custody: The right to make significant decisions regarding a child’s welfare.
  • Joint Physical Custody: Actual physical care or custody of the child.
  • Marital Property: All property and assets acquired during the marriage.
  • Non-Custodial Parent: An individual who does not have physical custody of the child.
  • Non-Marital Property: Property owned by individuals before getting married.
  • Petitioner: An individual who initiates marriage dissolution proceedings or divorce.
  • Restraining Order: A court order that refrains a particular individual from doing something.
  • Split Custody: A form of custody in which both parents get partial rights over the child.
  • Stipulation: An agreement between the divorcing spouses to settle issues between them enforceable by the court’s final order.
  • Visitation: The time spent by a non-custodial parent with the child.


Divorce can be a confusing legal procedure for people; hence, it is advisable to approach a professional lawyer to help you in the process. A divorce lawyer is the best resort to move forward with the marriage separation while ensuring zero violation of any rights.

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