Just looking at a multi-page legal document can be anxiety inducing. Add to this the entire legal process for divorce—from filling out initial paperwork to potentially going to court—and you get one stressful, drawn-out, hair-puller of an experience. Because the legal process of divorce is so aggravating and emotionally charged, it’s important you seek resources that answer your many questions, educate, and provide legal aid.
DivorceForce believes it’s imperative everyone undergoing divorce has an extensive supply of reputable resources at their disposal, so we created this useful rundown of professionals, websites, and organizations to assist you through the process.
Business Law Attorney
If you and your spouse co-own a business and are getting divorced, contact a business law attorney, who will evaluate the financial value of the business and devise assets accordingly.
Criminal Law Attorney
When relationships have a history of domestic violence, a criminal law attorney must be enlisted during divorce. If one spouse files a police report, the other may be arrested, which can delay divorce proceedings.
Hire a custody lawyer to persuade the courts to give you equal or full custody of your children. This specialty lawyer will do everything in their power to showcase why you’re the best choice to care for your children.
Family/Matrimonial Law Attorney
These legal professionals specialize in divorce, child custody, and guardianship. Family law attorneys will handle negotiations with your ex and their lawyer, asset division, and additional issues related to the process.
Real Estate Attorney
A real estate attorney can assist with splitting any real estate assets, including the marital home and other co-owned personal and business properties.
Will & Estate Planning Attorney
If you have already created your will, you’ll need to make amendments once the divorce is finalized. Go back to your will and estate planning attorney to have them remove your ex and ensure they don’t receive any of your money or possessions.
Child Custody Evaluator
A child custody evaluator devises a report explaining why one parent should get custody instead of the other. They may also offer a parenting plan and therapy recommendations. During the evaluation process, the evaluator will conduct interviews with each parent and the children, observe the children with each parent, and review court documents.
A collaborative professional avoids traditional litigation and focuses on reaching agreements that are beneficial to both parties.
In the cases where neither parent is able to care for the children, a custodial guardian may be sought out or granted by the court.
Legal Document Preparer
Because divorce paperwork can be confusing and stressful, a legal document preparer assists in filling out and filing the necessary documentation. In select cases, they can bypass the use of an attorney, saving you money.
A mediator is a neutral third party who helps couples reach an agreement they are both happy with. They possess the skills and expertise to ensure you and your ex talk through the issues and come to a compromise.
A parenting coordinator works on behalf of the child(ren)’s best interests. They help create and assist in the execution of the parenting plan, smoothing transitions, creating schedules, and negotiating compromises.
This website provides a free program that matches low-income clients with volunteer lawyers for answers to pertinent legal questions.
The Legal Services Corporation is a government organization offering financial support for civil legal aid to low-income Americans.
This site provides resources and articles on all aspects of the legal process, running from child custody to alimony.
This online resource helps locate free, local legal assistance for those earning low to moderate income.
This platform helps those dealing with uncontested divorce or visitation rights fill out legal forms, for free.
American Bar Association
The American Bar Association is an extensive, voluntary organization of lawyers and law students. Its website offers several legal resources, including:
- Family Law in the Fifty States, D.C., and Puerto Rico
- Standards of Practice, Reports & Recommendations
- COVID-19 and Family Law Issues
Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC)
The AFCC describes itself as “the premier interdisciplinary and international association of professionals dedicated to the resolution of family conflict.” Check out the organization’s site for a number of legal resources to help you through divorce, including:
- Unbundling Legal Services: A Guide for Parents Seeking Affordable Legal Assistance in Family Separation Cases (PDF)
- Is Mediation for Us?
- Preparing for Your Custody Evaluation
- Understanding the Parenting Coordination Process
Up to Parents
Up to Parents is a nonprofit specifically designed to provide separated and divorced parents with resources ranging from legal to finance, including:
- You, Your Family, and the Law
- Beware Custody Evaluations
- Choosing an Excellent Family Attorney
- 3 Uncommonly Effective Judicial Decisions
DivorceForce.com connects those undergoing divorce with related professionals in the legal, financial, mental health, and real estate industries. We provide a wide variety of legal resources via insightful articles, a comprehensive, searchable database and directory of experts, and much more. Find a legal expert today!
Gregory C. Frank is the CEO and Founder of DivorceForce.