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Divorce is simply the termination of marriage. From a legal point of view, the divorce itself is the easiest part. For the people going through a divorce, it may be very difficult emotionally, but the legalities are quite simple.

The legal problems arising from divorce have to do, not with the termination of the marriage, but with what should happen after the marriage is over and the two spouses begin their lives apart.

These problems involve children and/or money. With children, the main questions are

(1) where will they live,

(2) who will decide what’s best for them,

(3) how will they continue their relationship with both parents, and

(4) who will provide the money needed to support them.

  Questions about money generally concern:

(1) how to divide property acquired during the marriage and

(2) whether one spouse will continue to provide money to support the other and, if so, how much that support will be and how long will it have to be paid.

Divorce – An Overview

Contemplating divorce is always difficult. Whether you are sure you want to end your marriage or are still considering your options, it helps to learn the basics of divorce law and process.  Should you conclude that divorce is necessary, it is very important that you seek the assistance of an experienced family law attorney. Involving a knowledgeable family law attorney as soon as possible in the divorce process is one of the best ways to preserve your own long-term financial and emotional health.

Retirement/pension plans and military pensions are usually the most valuable marital asset in a divorce.  It is imperative that you know how to properly value these assets.  It is even more important, however, to ensure that once it is valued and divided, that the attorney has propertly worded the language that will be contained in the decree.  James Piedimonte is experienced in drafting Qualified Domestic Relation Orders and Military Pensions.

James Piedimonte has been representing clients in divorces for almost 33 years.  James has also experienced divorce in his own family and understands the emotional rollercoaster that the parties encounter.  Mr. Piedimonte has stated, “Divorce has been the worst experience of my life, but, in some aspects it has been a good experience.  I now understand what turmoil my clients’ must endure.” 












If you suspect that your spouse may attempt to hide assets, it’s best to start investigating your household and business finances before initiating divorce proceedings. Keep copies of important documents (such as tax returns, bank account statements, and pay stubs) outside the home if you’re still living with your spouse or partner.