Why choosing the right divorce attorney matters
Divorce is emotionally and financially draining. Few decisions have a greater impact on your life than choosing to divorce your partner.
Even amicable divorces can leave you emotionally and financially fatigued. And longer, drawn out divorce negotiations can turn downright ugly.
That’s why you need an informed, unbiased divorce attorney with a track record of reaching reasonable divorce agreements. There’s hardly ever a ”winner” in a divorce, but there are ways to preserve your best interests—both your economic interests, as well as relationships with children, family and friends—without spending a fortune on a litigated courtroom battle.
At Hipskind & McAninch, we have one goal: reach a divorce settlement quickly without draining you financially or emotionally. Our divorce lawyers will listen to your goals, answer your questions and guide you toward the best resolution for your situation.
Divorces are confusing and emotionally charged by nature. From transitioning to one income to dividing property to negotiating child custody, there’s a lot to think about.
To help you through, both John Hipskind and Brady McAninch will be available to you 24/7 to answer any and all questions. Emergencies and urgent questions can’t always wait until morning—and we want to help in any way we can.
We also believe that, as your divorce attorney, we should help you settle your divorce as cost-effectively as possible. As someone who can provide you with an objective opinion based on legal experience, we will evaluate your situation and advise you based on two things: what is best for you and your children, and what is best for your pocketbook.
For example, trying to make decisions based on what will ”get back” at your partner can lead to arguments about things that are, in the long run, unimportant.
We will help you focus on what’s important—ensuring your long-term financial stability and preserving relationships with your family and friends. Streamlining negotiations can also help minimize the overall cost of your divorce.
“[Hipskind and McAnnich] went above and beyond during my divorce. He had the forethought to know that especially when children are involved, the family relationship does not end after the divorce is final – providing a well-planned, ongoing resolution that brought closure and benefited both parties. I was able to reach out day or night with any questions or concerns, and he was always quick to respond. I can’t imagine anyone handling my case on a more personal or professional level. My highest praise to this firm.”
– Billy Wright
Contested divorce vs. uncontested divorce
One of the biggest factors affecting the cost of your divorce is whether it’s contested or not.
Uncontested divorces cost significantly less as both parties agree to the terms, and less negotiating is required.
Contested divorces can quickly skyrocket in cost, which is why you need an experienced and impartial divorce lawyer on your side, advising you of the most cost-effective and strategic arguments for your case.
- Uncontested divorce
A divorce is considered uncontested if both parties agree on every aspect of the divorce.
This is, as you can imagine, the quickest and least expensive type of divorce. You’ll need to agree on how property, money and child custody will be divided.
If both of you sign an agreement, the divorce papers can simply be sent to the court. From there, you’ll need to attend a brief hearing, and then your divorce will be final.
At Hipskind & McAninch, we offer flat fee rates for most uncontested divorces.
- Contested divorce
Most divorces are contested. If you and your partner disagree on even one thing, then it is considered contested, and mediation or litigation are required in order to reach a requirement.
The costs associated with divorce trials are not low, so it is best to try and come to an agreement about as much as possible before going to court. In fact, it is possible to iron out all the details of your divorce in mediation rather than going to court.
Still, you should have the final agreement reviewed by a lawyer who has your best interests in mind. This way, you’ll understand each aspect of your divorce agreement completely before signing.
As our client, you will have anytime access to us. Call us day or night with any urgent questions or emergencies, or just to ask for an update on your case. We’ll answer and keep you in the loop at all times.
We strongly believe our role is not only to protect your interests, but also to ensure that we navigate the legal system as effectively and efficiently as possible.
Schedule a free consultation today to get started!