Let A Divorce Attorney Help Advise You Through Your Portsmouth, NH Court Hearings
Our attorneys can guide you through the divorce process from our downtown Portsmouth office
Not every divorce attorney in Portsmouth NH offers the personal attention that the professionals at Balkus Law do. From our downtown Portsmouth office, we engage in open dialogue with our clients to discuss their divorce case, learn about their desired outcomes, fill out paperwork, and address any other legal matters pertaining to the divorce, such as child custody, child support, and a parental plan, if children are involved.
Conveniently situated on Fleet Street, our central office location allows us to service the Seacoast. We are also located near the Portsmouth NH Circuit Court, Family Division, where divorce hearings are held for Portsmouth residents, as well as residents of Greenland, Hampton, Hampton Falls, New Castle, Newington, North Hampton, Rye, Seabrook, South Hampton, Newfield, Newmarket, and Stratham. If your town is not in this list, then your hearing may be at one of the other three Family Division courts in Rockingham County, which are located in Salem, Derry, and Brentwood.
Every divorce case begins with the filing of a petition. However, before we do that, we sit down with each client to discuss their situation and the many factors associated with the divorce. A client’s concerns and expectations are central to us. We first address any time-sensitive issues and then discuss a long-term plan for the dissolution of the marriage. It is important to us that each client’s goals are established and fought for.
Once we have a thorough understanding of the case’s various elements, we file a petition with the court. The court requires that both spouses provide financial information. Then, the court often issues temporary orders, either after a hearing or by approving a temporary agreement. Thereafter, a Pre-Trial hearing takes place, during which the deadlines and limits for the Final Hearing are established. Following the Final Hearing, the court will issue a final order, which will finalize the divorce. If the two parties have come to an agreement, then the divorce is final once all settlement documents are filed.
It is always best for the divorcing couple to settle as many issues as they can outside of court. You can avoid going to further court hearings by negotiating and reaching a settlement instead. This is also usually the least expensive and least emotionally trying route to go. For topics that both parties cannot agree on, the court must make a decision for them. Therefore, in order to have the most control over the outcomes, it is better to formulate a plan outside of court with your spouse. The court almost always honors a plan that is mutually agreed upon. If you want to find a way to compromise without the court’s interference, but need someone to facilitate the process, one of our attorneys can serve as your divorce mediator.
Though we acknowledge that not all divorcing couples may agree on everything, we strive for the least costly and the least emotionally challenging divorce cases. We believe that divorce does not have to be combative. It is important to us that we attempt to ease our clients through the divorce process as seamlessly as possible. Even so, we are prepared to act aggressively if need be in order to meet your goals.
If a disagreement with the other party arises, often a simple phone call from us to their attorney can go a long way. However, if this is not the case, then we may need to file a motion with the court. We will never file a motion without first discussing it with you and weighing the pros and cons. We will always keep your goals and your best interests at the forefront of every action we take during the divorce process, and we will always stay mindful of your emotional and financial costs.
Our divorce attorneys serve the Portsmouth 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.