PROBLEMS AND HOW WE SOLVE THEM
“My marriage is over, can you help me with my divorce?”
The skilled divorce attorneys at the Goosmann Law Firm recognize the difficulties you are facing as you deal with this incredibly challenging situation. We understand that you are likely frustrated, angry, fed up, emotionally drained, and exhausted. Not only are you affected by the constant disagreements and arguments, but so are your children and closest loved ones. We also understand that you may not fully comprehend your options during this challenging time and that you have fears about what the divorce will mean for your relationship with your children, the splitting of your assets, or the various debts and expenses you will incur. Whatever your situation may be, our divorce attorneys understand the anxiety and uncertainty that can accompany the decision to move forward with your divorce. Our Sioux City lawyers, Sioux Falls attorneys, and Omaha lawyers are here to guide you through each step of the process, helping you recognize the legal, financial, and emotional implications of your divorce. Whichever route you decide to take, we are here to provide you the advice and counsel necessary to set you and your family up for success moving forward! Your life, family, and loved ones are worth it!
“My marriage is over. How do I get a divorce?”
The reference “ball and chain” is beginning to feel literal. You’re fed up, frustrated, angry, and tired. We get that, and we’re here to help. Whether you’re absolutely certain the marriage is over or are still wrestling with some difficult questions about getting a divorce, we can provide you the guidance you need to help make the best decision for you and your family. Divorce affects your spouse, children, family, and friends. It’s a big decision, and one we don’t take lightly. We understand that you’re going to have a lot of questions. If you are considering getting a divorce, call our divorce lawyers today.
“The current child custody/visitation arrangement isn’t working. How do I get this changed?”
If it has become clear to you that the current child custody and/or visitation arrangement is no longer in the children’s best interest, you will need to return to Court to address this issue. The family law attorneys at Goosmann Law Firm can help you evaluate and analyze the facts of your situation, and work with you to assess your options going forward. If your custody situation is not meeting your children’s best interests call us today to help you with your child custody and visitation matter.
“My ex is saying horrible things about me to our kids. How do I get him to stop?”
This is an incredibly unfortunate situation. Ideally, your ex would be responsible and mature enough to understand that acting in this manner is highly counter-productive and will only serve to negatively impact the children. However, if they are unwilling to stop engaging in this destructive behavior, you could potentially return to Court on a modification action concerning custody and/or visitation or even a contempt application. If this is a situation that you continue to encounter, please contact the experienced family law attorneys at Goosmann Law Firm today.
“If I go through a divorce, will my ex get half of my assets?”
You’ve worked hard for what you have, and we understand that. We not only protect you and your family, but we also help protect your assets and what matters the most to you. Each case is unique and no two cases are exactly alike. The divorce lawyers at Goosmann Law Firm understand the property distribution laws of Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota (equitable distribution) and can advise you on the potential outcomes related thereto. If you’re worried about your assets during a divorce, call us today to help protect what you’ve worked so hard for.
“My spouse is also my business partner. I am thinking about getting a divorce. What will happen to the business?”
Owning and operating a business with your spouse adds another layer of complexity to an already challenging situation. If you own a business with your spouse and things have gotten rocky, it’s hard to continue running a business. Whether you want to sell or buy them out, we can help you with your business divorce. Read more about our business law practice HERE.
“What does a judge consider in a custody decision?”
The Court will make a custody decision based on what is in the “best interest of the children.” The Court looks at the following factors: Age of the children, continuity and stability, the historical caretaking responsibilities for the children, parent’s living situation, parent’s willingness to support the other parent’s relationship with the children, and the parent’s relationship with the children. At the end of the day, the overriding consideration will always be the “best interest of the children” and the above-listed factors will help the Court make that determination.
“How long does a divorce take?”
Here is a typical divorce timeline. The timeline and how long a divorce takes depends on numerous factors to include the complexity of your case, the ability of you and your spouse to communicate and compromise, whether child custody and visitation issues are present, and of course the Court’s calendar. In Iowa, the parties must typically wait 90 days from the date the Defendant is provided notice of the filed divorce action before a final divorce decree can be entered. In Nebraska and South Dakota, the waiting period is typically 60 days. However, these waiting periods represent the earliest that a divorce can typically be finalized in these states. Often times the issues in a particular case will require significantly more time and attention (it isn’t uncommon for a contested divorce to take anywhere from six months to a year, or longer, to be finalized).
- Filing of a “Petition” or a “Complaint” and paying a filing fee to the court.
- Your Spouse is served with “Notice” of the divorce. However, your spouse can agree to voluntarily accept service.
- File an “Answer” then the case will proceed with parties disclosing information related to their income, assets, and debts.
- A hearing may be held to address temporary child custody and visitation, child support, and spousal support.
- The parties may work to reach an agreement on all (or some) disputed matters, which would culminate in the production of a stipulated settlement agreement. If the parties are able to reach a stipulated settlement, this agreement will be filed with the Court and the Court will issue an order dissolving the parties’ marriage.
- If the parties are unable to reach a stipulated settlement agreement on all disputed matters, the case will proceed to trial. Following trial, the judge will issue a divorce decree to dissolve the parties marriage.