Six Frequently Asked Questions About Family Law And Divorce

Getting divorced can be more trouble than you think. Breaking the legal bond of marriage is a bit more complex than it was to tie the knot.

At the Law Office of Amy L. Gervich, our dedicated family law and divorce attorneys have been working for more than 15 combined years to ensure that each separation or divorce we handle results in positive change for everyone involved.

Here are a few of the most common family law FAQ we've answered along the way.

Do I really need a divorce attorney?

Some couples navigate the divorce process without any outside help. These cases are the exception to the rule, however. Changing your marital status comes with legal ramifications that make it extremely wise to work with an attorney who's experienced in the nuances of family law and divorce.

Do my spouse and I each need our own attorneys?

This is a common frequently asked question about family law from people hoping to save money, but the answer is clear: Having the same divorce lawyer is a bad idea.

If you and your spouse haven't stopped sharing your lives already, you will soon. Get used to the idea by finding your own legal help. Retaining independent representation makes for a much cleaner case should disputes arise.

Do I need to give back my wedding ring?

Courts usually regard rings as gifts. Since rings are neither contracts nor legally binding promises, whether you decide to keep yours is usually up to you.

Can I cancel my spouse's insurance?

You may not arbitrarily terminate your spouse's insurance coverage during the divorce process. Exceptions to this rule include if your spouse gets different coverage before you drop them. The judge assigned to your case may also make allowances if you're in the middle of litigation or trying to cancel nonmedical coverage.

Do I have to go to court?

Some divorces are uncontested, which means that neither party objects to the proceedings. If this describes your situation or you're from out of state, then you might be able to complete your divorce without stepping foot in the courtroom. However, when you're going through a divorce where nobody seems to agree, both parties will usually have to appear in court.

Will my case be concluded in a single court session?

Don't bet on getting your divorce in some kind of one-and-done courtroom visit, especially if it's contentious. The more evidence you provide supporting your argument and viewpoint early on, the more likely it will be that you secure a favorable outcome, but the family law process can take time and diligence.

Want to learn more about what these and other frequently asked questions mean for your future? Contact us at the Law Office of Amy L. Gervich today by calling 866-942-1169 or sending us an email online. We offer free initial consultations and proudly help clients throughout Clayton, Missouri, and the greater St. Louis area.