Let A Divorce Attorney Help You Navigate Your Concord, NH Court Hearings
Our attorneys can guide you through the divorce process at our conveniently located downtown Concord family law office
Finding a divorce attorney in Concord, NH can be a daunting process. Typical law offices have a corporate feel that can seem off putting. At Balkus Law, we understand that divorce is uncomfortable enough without the added difficulty of dealing with a cold legal environment. When you walk into our Concord NH office, it is our hope that you feel immediately welcomed. Unlike most law offices, we have repurposed a house for our firm in order to create a more inviting space. Meeting with a divorce attorney does not have to feel intimidating—we believe in giving each client personal attention during the sensitive situation that is divorce. With our attorneys, you can feel at ease discussing this often uncomfortable topic.
Our Concord office is conveniently located downtown, just a couple of blocks from Main Street. We are also not far from the NH Circuit Court, Family Division in Concord. If you are a Concord resident, this is the courthouse where you would go for divorce hearings and other matters pertaining to your divorce, such as child custody and parenting actions, if you have children. Located at 32 Clinton Street, this courthouse also serves residents of Loudon, Canterbury, Dunbarton, Bow, Hopkinton, Pittsfield, Chichester, and Epsom. If your town is not in this list, then your hearing may be at one of the other three Merrimack County courts, which are located in Franklin, Hillsborough, and Hooksett.
Every divorce is different, but there are certain steps that must be followed for each case. The first step is filing a petition with the court, which opens the case. Financial statements from both spouses must be shared with the court from the onset. After the petition has been filed, the court usually issues temporary orders, either after a hearing or by approving a temporary agreement. Before the Final Hearing, a Pre-Trial Hearing must be scheduled. During the Pre-Trial hearing, limits and deadlines for the Final Hearing are established. The divorce is considered final when either all settlement documents are filed or the court issues its final order following the Final Hearing.
While this may seem like a clear progression of steps, there are many details that must be addressed at every point of the process. Our divorce attorneys know everything that should be considered before going to court. Prior to even filing a petition, we sit down with our clients to discuss their case and their desired outcomes. In addition to hashing out a long-term plan for the dissolution of each client’s marriage, we also address any immediate concerns. If there are any issues that need to be dealt with immediately, then we will consider those first.
Once we have discussed your case with you, we will file a petition with the court. The extent to which the court is involved thereafter depends on how much both parties can agree on. It is important to keep in mind that the court almost always honors any plan that is mutually agreed upon by both parties. If both spouses cannot come to an agreement, then the court must make a decision for them. In other words, if you can come to an agreement with your spouse, then you will both have more control over the outcome of your divorce. The more that is agreed upon outside of court, the less expensive and less trying the divorce tends to be. One of our attorneys can also serve as your divorce mediator if you would like to settle on topics outside of court but need someone to facilitate that process.
At Balkus Law, we believe that divorce does not have to be contentious. Naturally, divorcing couples will not agree on everything. However, we strive for the least costly and least emotionally challenging divorce cases. Even so, we are prepared to act aggressively if need be in order to meet your goals. While simply reaching out to the other party’s attorney can often do the trick, certain situations may demand a more vigorous course of action. In some circumstances, we may recommend that filing a motion to the court is best. However, we will never file a motion without first speaking with you and weighing the pros and cons. We believe in keeping an open dialogue with our clients and in always referring back to their goals while remaining mindful of emotional and financial costs.
Our divorce attorneys serve the Concord NH area and understand that getting a divorce can be a difficult process. However, being supported, informed, and empowered can help reduce the impact on your life. Call Balkus Law at 603-225-1776 for an appointment and let us help you navigate your choices and reach your goals.