Henry Hires His Divorce Attorney
Ray refers Henry to a divorce attorney that he has worked with in the past. The attorney focuses his practice on settling divorce cases in a professional and amicable manner.
Henry makes the call the next day and schedules a consult with the attorney that Ray recommended. The receptionist was kind and scheduled the appointment right away.
Thirty minutes after hanging up the phone, just as the receptionist had said, Henry received a divorce consultation form in his inbox. Henry completed the form from his mobile phone and off it went back to the receptionist and the attorney to help them prepare for his consultation. The form also helped Henry to flesh out what was really important to him in the divorce, what goals he had, what worries he had and the major questions he that he wanted to ask the attorney.
Henry met with the attorney only a few days later. The fear of the unknown quickly subsided. The two of them focused on the goals Henry laid out in his consultation form and solutions to achieve those goals. They defined the steps necessary and estimated time to achieve each step. The attorney gave Henry realistic expectations of what a divorce settlement could like in his case based upon Florida Law and the experience of the attorney in similar cases.
Ray was spot on as usual. The attorney was knowledgeable and experienced in divorce settlements. He knew the best route to take and how to perform the steps required to get there.
As an added benefit, Henry and the attorney entered into a fixed fee agreement for the services of the attorney. The peace of mind Henry gained from knowing that he and the attorney were working to settle the case and not to rack up billable hours was a great way to start their professional relationship.
After Henry hired the attorney, the questions and unknowns that Henry was grappling with (initial separation, control of assets, whom pays which bills, what will my finances look like once this divorce is over, what will my life and living situation look like, can I keep the business solely) all quickly became answers and proposed settlement terms.
The settlement agreement was negotiated, drafted and ultimately agreed upon in a span of about two months. The business continued to run smoothly. Henry and Megan each received a fair distribution of their assets. They both reviewed and planned their financial future before executing the settlement agreement. Henry received the business. Megan received the home. Retirement and other assets allowed both of them the financial security they needed to start their new lives.
The attorney handled all of the court filings and legal requirements to obtain the approval of the judge for their final uncontested dissolution of marriage judgment. The divorce was finalized only three months after Henry made the initial call for a consultation.
All the worries: can I get a divorce, how would I even approach a divorce, what settlement would be fair for us, how will both of us look financially after the divorce is over, can I avoid the dreaded nasty divorce - they had all now melted away.
A professional was hired to handle the divorce in a respectful and civil manner. He outlined what he would do to help and what it would cost. He listened to Henry and he accomplished the goals they set out to achieve. He had the knowledge and tools required to resolve the divorce properly.
The goals were accomplished. Mistakes were avoided. Delays were avoided. Litigation was avoided.
The Divorce is Over and Life Moves Forward
Looking back on it now, Henry can breathe a sigh of relief and say that divorce is not the boogie monster. It is tough. It is not fun. It can be done the right way. With the help of a professional, divorce is a defined legal process that is completed in an orderly and professional manner.
Henry is content with the outcome. He called upon the same traits that have served him well in the past – identify the problem and take action to resolve it properly the first time.