I am Daniel R. Bacalis, a divorce lawyer with almost 40 years of experience. Every week, I speak with people who have decided to divorce or are thinking about getting divorced. Inevitably, they have many questions about the process and what they can expect. I have provided answers to some of the most common divorce questions below.
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How long does the divorce process take?
It is possible to obtain an uncontested divorce in as little as 60 days. A divorce involving significant disputes over children or property will take significantly longer, perhaps up to three years. Most divorces and related issues can be resolved in about a year or less. At my firm, I work to resolve each divorce as quickly as possible, without compromising my clients’ rights.
How much does a divorce cost in terms of legal fees?
The answer depends on your particular situation and the amount of work it will take to obtain a satisfactory resolution of all issues. I do not believe in needlessly running up legal fees, and I work to resolve all outstanding issues efficiently. In many cases, I use alternative dispute resolution techniques such as divorce mediation or negotiation to obtain results in a cost-effective way. After we have discussed your case, I can provide you with a clear understanding of what you may expect in terms of legal fees.
Will I have to pay or will I receive alimony?
Most divorces do not involve alimony (spousal maintenance). When it is required, it is often on a temporary or interim basis. I can review your situation and give you a definitive answer to the alimony question.
My children are taking things hard. How can I help them understand?
I can provide you with guidance about how to discuss your divorce with your children. The best thing to do in the long run, though, is to achieve a satisfactory resolution of your divorce. This includes fair parenting time arrangements that enable you to play an active role in your children’s lives. I have experience developing creative custody and visitation solutions, and I will work hard to help you obtain an outcome that enables you to achieve your full potential as a parent.
My spouse has mistreated me during our marriage. What options do I have?
I can review your specific situation and explain your options. There are certain types of actionable misbehaviors in marriage that can give you an advantage regarding property distribution or custody, and I will seek the best possible outcome for you. In general, though, I believe in helping my clients “get ahead” rather than helping them “get even.”