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Everything You Wanted to Know About Divorce, but Were Afraid to Ask

Do you have questions about divorce, but you don’t know whom to ask?

Have you avoided divorce because you are afraid of having your financial floor disappear from beneath you, or having limited time with your children?

Are you wondering if there is anything you can do in advance that will make the process a little easier?

You are not alone.

“I thought the divorce statistics would never apply to me. I was beyond heartbroken when they did. But I got up and got on with it. I also kept my belief in marriage.”

- Jennifer Garner

“The mere thought of divorce terrified me. To me, divorce symbolized failure.”

- Annette Funicello

Although divorce is common these days, most people suffer through an unfulfilling or even miserable marriage for a long time in order to avoid divorce. Whether they are hoping that the relationship will improve, delaying until the children to grow up, waiting for the family finances to improve, stalling for the right time, or are just plain scared, people stay in relationships for the wrong reasons, hoping to avoid the inevitable.

At LaFortune and LaFortune, Atty. Georgiana (“Gina”) LaFortune will meet with you for an initial meeting to talk about the marital history, options for marital mediation to keep the marriage intact, or the procedural options for divorce – divorce mediation, litigation or collaborative law. Atty. Georgiana (“Gina”) LaFortune takes a team approach with her clients, so you will be educated as to every option, including timeline and financial variations for each option and how each relates to your personal marital circumstances. The initial meeting is not payable on an hourly basis, so you and Atty. Georgiana (“Gina”) LaFortune will take the time to have all of your questions answered. You will leave with an understanding of your options, possible ranges of outcomes, and a plan for going forward with the divorce using a mediation, litigation, or collaborative law approach, or giving the marriage another try using marital mediation.

If the time is not right for the divorce, Atty. Georgiana (“Gina”) LaFortune will talk to you about how to prepare for a divorce in the future in a way that is ethical and puts you in a better place when you are ready. It is important to remember that, if you are thinking about divorce, your spouse may be thinking about it, too. If a divorce complaint is filed in Court, often the legal process begins swiftly and unexpectedly. It is important to at least have be prepared with some knowledge of what could lie ahead of you.

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