Litigation is a tool for protecting and enforcing your rights. Any family attorney would be remiss if they didn’t emphasize in their initial consultation that litigation can be unpredictable, the resulting financial costs unknown, and the potentially devastating emotional toll it could take on yourself, your spouse, and any children you may have, if things get personal. Your choice on whether to take the case to trial must factor in objective criteria and a serious cost/benefit analysis.
Part of your attorney’s job is to help you determine what is in your best interest that of your children. Though strong emotions are understandable and normal, if a legal battle is necessary it should not be driven by emotions, but on the facts of the case. With the aid of an experienced attorney, a client will be able to collaboratively sort the critical issues from the non-critical.
At Townsend, Tomaio & Newmark LLC we welcome the opportunity to assist those clients in communities across Bergen County, including Hackensack, Paramus, Ridgewood, Teaneck, and Fort Lee who may be considering entering into litigation, or who find themselves the object of a litigation. We bring our skill and experience to assess those true “hidden” costs of litigation so that the client has as realistic a picture as possible of the costs involved in navigating their case.
Contact us online, or through our Hackensack, New Jersey office at (201) 397-1750 today to discuss your needs and concerns when it comes to your divorce, any specific issues you may have when it comes to things such as child custody, child support, alimony, marital asset division, grandparent visitation, and how we can be of service to you and your family in a free and confidential consultation with our legal team.
The Emotional Price of Litigation in Your Hackensack Divorce
The unfamiliarity of the litigation process and the uncertainty of the outcome can be a profound source of stress. Especially when factoring in time-management skills a client will need to deal with and the pressure litigation will add to existing work responsibilities and general life-management. It can be hard for spouses to cope with these stresses while also attempting to make rational decisions about the case itself.
So it is no great wonder that the pressure of dissolving a marriage can cause loss of sleep, sadness, anxiety, resentment, anger and problems dealing with others, and could result in serious psychological consequences such as depression. Children of marital conflict can be deeply scarred and may act out in unpredictable and uncontrollable ways that effect their current and future social and academic competence.
Regardless of age, litigation introduces a massive change into the life of child. Observing the loss of love or commitment between parents, being shuttled back and forth between co-parenting households, and the constant absence of one parent while living with the other, can create a challenging and emotionally unpredictable living situation. Life as that child or children knew it has significantly changed.
A spouse seeking to punish their partner is only punishing themselves, the children, and their bank account, as the cost of getting a “win” and letting emotions drive litigation can be an unnecessarily high financially cost that could have been invested in recovery and getting on with life.
The Financial Costs of Litigation in Paramus Family Law Cases
Standard attorney representation fees can be considered one cost, but for cases with a degree of complexity, a client may encounter other expenses, such as court filing fees and service costs, expert fees, document preparation and transcript fees, investigation services, forensic accounting, deposition fees, court reporter fees, court motion or hearing appearance costs, mediation or arbitrator fees; and all of these may be incurred before the parties even reach trial. Considering a single day of trial time usually takes days of pre-trial preparation, these financial expenses can quickly add up.
Ridgewood, NJ Divorce and Finance Lawyers
Your divorce is likely to involve a multitude of issues, some of which may require deft negotiation, while others ignite an outright legal battle. Regardless of the challenges that your divorce may present, our seasoned divorce lawyers have the knowledge, skill, and instincts necessary to navigate through the complex road ahead.
Townsend, Tomaio & Newmark, with offices in Hackensack, Bergen County, is among the most experienced and well-reputed law firms in New Jersey. With three partners who are among the only 2 percent of lawyers recognized by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as Certified Matrimonial Law Attorneys, our credentials speak to our experience, while our clients speak to our attentiveness and unwavering concern for their interests. When you enlist our law firm, you find a group of lawyers with diverse backgrounds that span the spectrum of divorce resolution, including litigation, arbitration, mediation, and negotiation. We utilize our breath of experience to craft the most effective solutions for your divorce, ensuring that your primary concerns guide our strategic approach toward a desirable outcome.