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Understanding Potential Additional Expenses for Divorce Clients

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In some situations, divorcing couples cannot resolve conflict through mediation or negotiations. Such cases must be litigated. Although litigation is most costly and often the least efficient way of resolution, it is sometimes the only option.

Understanding Potential Additional Expenses for the Client

Filing a Complaint: 

To initiate the divorce process, you or your attorney must file a divorce complaint in the appropriate court. You will need to pay a filing fee unless you qualify for a fee waiver due to financial hardship.

Service of Papers: 

After filing the complaint, you must serve the divorce papers to your spouse. This typically involves using a process server or the local sheriff to deliver the documents. Your spouse will then have a specific amount of time to respond to the complaint.

Response and Counterclaim:

Your spouse may choose to respond to the divorce complaint. They can also file a counterclaim, which may outline their own grounds for divorce or request specific terms regarding property, support, and child custody.

Temporary Orders: 

During the divorce process, either party can request temporary orders for issues like child custody, child support, spousal support, and the use of marital property. These orders can be issued by the court to provide guidance until the divorce is finalized.


Both parties may engage in the discovery process, which involves exchanging information, documents, and evidence relevant to the divorce case. This process helps each side prepare for negotiations or trial.

Settlement or Trial: 

Many divorce cases are settled outside of court through negotiation or mediation. If an agreement is reached, it is presented to the court for approval. If the parties cannot reach an agreement, the case may proceed to trial, where a judge will make the final decisions on property division, support, and custody.

Final Judgment of Divorce: 

Once the court approves the divorce agreement or the judge issues a decision after a trial, a final judgment of divorce is entered. This judgment legally ends the marriage.


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  • What kind of cases do you handle?
  • Family Law Cases such as:

    – Divorce- both contested and uncontested, same sex and gray divorce

    – Custody

    – Support

    – Alimony/ Maintenance

    – Equitable Distribution

  • Intellectual Property cases such as:

    – Patents

    – Copyrights

    – Trademarks, Service Marks and Trade Dress

    – Data Privacy

    – Transactional work such as: Terms and Conditions, IP registration and enforcements and cease and desists

    – Any other IP related matter.

  • How much will my matter cost?
    • Our firm has a different philosophy than virtually any other, we try to close cases quickly. We recognize if you are happy, you will refer us clients. In most matters, it will depend on how complicated the facts and/or legal issues are and how willing the parties are to settle.
  • How does your firm have two differing specialties?
    • We spend a lot of money, time and resources to remain experts in our respective fields. Join the parties and opposing counsels who are baffled by our expertise in both areas.

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