Divorce law is a specialized form of civil law. When the dissolution of marriage cannot be arrived at amicably, each spouse is entitled to legal representation, and the particulars of the divorce are often settled in court. Some of the legal issues involved in the termination of a marriage include:
- Child custody and visitation
- Equitable Distribution (Division of assets and liabilities)
- Financial issues (such as spousal support and child support)
Attorneys specializing in divorce sometimes also serve as negotiators, helping the couple decide on the issues of divorce without the necessity of a trial. There is a financial advantage to doing this, as negotiation is more affordable than a trial in court before a judge. However, both parties have to be willing to negotiate out of court. When this is not possible, a divorce attorney represents you before the judge in matters related to the legal termination of marriage.