When contemplating a divorce, your mind is filled with questions and worries about money, your children and your future. Talking with a family law attorney can help you decide whether it is the best decision for your family. I will give you an honest assessment of your legal situation so you can make informed decisions about separation and divorce.

Divorce Planning
You and your spouse may have already separated or you may still be living together. Should you decide to seek a divorce, there are important considerations you will need to plan for including establishing a separate residence, living expenses, where the children will live and visitation. A family law attorney can advise you so you can plan for all of these needs.

“No-Fault” Divorce
“No fault” divorce describes any divorce where the spouse asking for a divorce does not have to prove that the other spouse did something wrong. All states allow “no-fault” divorces which means that your spouse does not have to “give you” a divorce for the court to grant you one. What this means is that if you decide to petition the court indicating there are “irreconcilable differences” that have made the marriage irretrievably broken, your spouse cannot stop you from getting a divorce.

Maintenance / Spousal Support / Alimony
Each state is different in how favorable the law is to awarding alimony. Idaho is not especially favorable, but the court will look at a variety of factors to make the decision. I will help you identify whether those factors are present in your case and discuss the likelihood that it would be awarded. I will effectively prepare and present your case in support of a fair award and payment plan if appropriate.