Family Law FAQ

At Hanlon Dunn Robertson Schwartz, our attorneys are committed to providing the answers and information you need during divorce. We take the time to sit down with each client and understand his or her needs and goals for the process, offering a thorough understanding of what can be expected.

Some of the most common family law questions our clients have include:

How will my assets be divided?

Everything owned between the two spouses will be divided equitably between the two during divorce. This means everything that was earned or brought into the marriage (with a few exceptions) will be included in the division.

The assets — and debt — will be divided equitably. This does not necessarily mean a split down the middle. The value of the property and assets will be balanced so that both spouses walk away with an equitable value.

Who will get the children?

Unless there is a reason to prevent a parent from seeing the children (such as abuse or violence), the court will allow both parents to see the children on a routine basis. One parent will be granted primary physical custody (providing residence for the child), and the other parent will likely be granted routine visitation rights.

The court's primary priority is to protect the best interests of the children. In most cases, this means allowing both parents as much time as possible to nourish a healthy relationship with the children.

Will I get spousal support?

Spousal support is granted based on a few criteria considered by the judge. These include duration of the marriage, sacrifices made by either spouses for the other and earning potential of both spouses. The primary goal of spousal support proceedings is to ensure that both spouses are provided the financial support needed to move past the divorce and start a new life with a firm financial foundation.