If you're currently thinking about divorce or just researching how the process works, you might be surprised that there are several options. Different scenarios call for different types of divorce. Your lawyer can assess your case and determine the best path forward for you, your spouse, and your family.
Here, we'll cover some of the most common types of divorce:
No-Fault DivorceNo-fault divorces are the most common. In a no-fault divorce, neither party is considered at fault for the divorce. The divorce is requested without casting any blame on either party.
With a no-fault divorce, one spouse can file for divorce whether their partner is in agreement or not. They don't need to provide grounds for the divorce, and they don't need to publicize any issues in their marriage that they may want to keep private.
The petitioner may not seek financial compensation for their spouse's wrongdoing in this type of divorce.
This type of divorce is legal in all fifty states.
At-Fault DivorceAt-fault divorces are less commonly used, and not available in every state. In this case, one party is seeking a divorce due to some wrongdoing on the part of the spouse. This might include infidelity, abandonment, and even abuse.
In an at-fault divorce, the petitioner typically seeks a larger portion of the marital assets, more optimal custody agreements, or more favorable spousal support.
Collaborative DivorceA collaborative divorce is where both spouses agree to work together to settle any differences with the help of their attorneys. In this case, they agree on how to split assets, any spousal support, custody issues, and any other details in finalizing the divorce. In this way, the couple has decided to settle these issues internally without needing a court to rule.
In these cases, both partners agree that it's more cost-effective and better for any continued relationship if the issues can be handled amicably. You may utilize mediation or co-mediation in these cases or work directly with your attorneys.
Once both sides have agreed to the divorce stipulations, the attorneys bring it before a judge to finalize.
Uncontested DivorceAn uncontested divorce is the most affordable. You may not even need a lawyer in this case, though it is recommended with any type of legal agreement. In an uncontested divorce, both parties agree amicably to the split and decide how to divide assets.
Whether you arrive at an agreement by working with a mediator, lawyers, or simply working through the issues together, an uncontested divorce saves time and is less costly.
Contested DivorceA contested divorce is the type of divorce most people want to avoid. If one or both parties contest the divorce, it can mean extensive court dates and dealings. The judge will ultimately decide the outcome, which may not be as beneficial to either party as working together in a collaborative way.
In some cases, this is the only way to finalize a divorce, especially if one or both parties are contentious.
Are you currently looking for more information on divorce proceedings? Contact us at TE Law Offices today to discuss your case.
On August 10, 2022, President Joe Biden signed the Camp Lejeune Justice Act as part of the larger Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson Honoring Our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxins Act of 2022. Otherwise known as the PACT Act, the Honoring Our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxins Act represents a tremendous step forward for veteran healthcare advocates.
Specifically, the PACT Act dramatically expands US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits for active and former military personnel who have suffered serious health problems after working in and around burn pits and other sources of toxic pollution.
The PACT Act removes the burden of proof from veterans who seek to establish a direct link between toxic exposure during service and their ongoing illnesses. Beyond extending medical treatment to individuals in need, the PACT Act provides funding for further training and research into the toxic burn pit issue.
When President Biden signed the PACT Act in a White House ceremony, the surviving wife and daughter of the legislation’s namesake, Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson, were in attendance. A model soldier twice recognized by the US National Guard, Heath Robinson passed away in 2020 after battling lung cancer for three years. Medical experts have attributed his cancer to toxic smoke exposure while he was deployed in Iraq from 2006 to 2007.
The Camp Lejeune Justice Act is an important component of the PACT Act that specifically addresses the contaminated water supply at Camp Lejeune, a large Marine Corps Base Camp and training facility in Jacksonville, North Carolina. In fact, Camp Lejeune supplied contaminated water to military members and their families for nearly three decades, leading to a broad array of sicknesses and diseases.
Longstanding federal laws have prohibited military personnel and their family members from suing the US government for injuries or harm sustained during service. However, the Camp Lejeune Justice Act adds a key exception to this legal precedent.
Since the Camp Lejeune Justice Act has been signed into law, military members and their families can bring new VA compensation claims for injuries or deaths from exposure to the water at Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987. During this period of time, the Camp Lejeune water supply was contaminated by toxic chemicals with links to numerous diseases and disorders, including:
Based in Boston, Massachusetts, the Toxic Tort attorneys at TE Law Offices are filing claims demanding compensation for injured parties who lived or worked at Camp Lejeune for 30 days or more between 1953 and 1987. If you have been affected by the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune, we welcome the opportunity to work with you.
You can reach our team by simply replying to this email to start the conversation.
Being involved in a personal injury accident can leave you feeling scared and stressed about what will happen. To protect yourself and your loved ones, it’s important to try to stay level-headed and let an experienced personal injury attorney do the heavy lifting.
Seek Medical Treatment Immediately
After being in an accident, seek medical treatment as soon as you can, even if you don’t feel as if you are hurt. The reason for this is two-fold.
First, you want to be seen by a healthcare professional who can identify if you might have any hidden injuries. Many serious injuries, such as traumatic brain injury (including concussions), can lead to life-altering changes in your life. The sooner you obtain treatment, the better your chances for recovery.
Second, you want to have documentation of the accident, any injuries, or other information you may need later on. This information will be invaluable if you need to file a claim for compensation to pay for your injuries, lost wages, or other losses you experience.
If possible, gather as much evidence as possible in the aftermath of an accident. Take photos of the accident scene, speak to eyewitnesses, get their contact information, and ensure your injuries are officially documented. In car accident situations, call the police so they can file a report. If you’re unable to gather evidence, ask someone you trust to do it for you. It also helps to keep a diary, so you don’t lose track of any details.
Call a Personal Injury Attorney
As soon as practical, call a personal injury attorney. Many states place a statute of limitations on how long you have to file a claim. Your attorney will assess the situation, examine the evidence (and gather more as needed), and determine the value of your losses and claim.
They will explain the litigation process and help you through the accident's aftermath. With an attorney, you aren’t alone. Write down any questions you have, and your attorney can answer them. Your lawyer will also talk to insurance companies, relieving you of that stress. It’s important to understand that insurance adjusters don’t have your best interests at heart.
Talk to Your Doctor
After you see your physician to evaluate any injuries, don’t be afraid to ask questions to follow up about any concerns or symptoms you’re experiencing. Your doctor can offer you support, recommendations, treatment, and referrals, along with taking note of anything you’re feeling and adding it to your file. This can help you better manage both your injuries and stress.
Call TE Law Offices, P.C. for Help
TE Law Offices P.C. is a knowledgeable Boston-based law firm with high experience in personal injury law. Our caring and compassionate attorneys will stand with you every step of the way as they work to obtain the compensation you need to cover any medical bills, rehabilitation services, lost wages, future loss of wages, and any other losses you’ve suffered. Call our legal team at (508) 222-8822 or contact us through our online contact form.