Wilmington Divorce Lawyer

Whether you are considering a divorce or you have recently been served with papers by your spouse, having anDivorce experienced Wilmington divorce lawyer is essential to ensuring that your interests are protected. At Wahl Family Law,  Joseph Wahl offers his clients over 20 years of legal practice dedicated exclusively to Delaware divorce, child custody and related matters.

Going through a divorce may be one of the most difficult experiences you will ever have to endure. Emotions can often get in the way of clear decision-making, and the anxiety over what the future might hold can sometimes be paralyzing. At times like these, having an attorney who will maintain an objective view and focus solely on your rights can be invaluable.

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When you hire Joe as your attorney, he will take the time to fully understand your concerns and your goals. He is proactive in informing you about issues that people facing divorce often fail to consider, including such issues as finances and taxes, division of retirement accounts or privately held business, and any other considerations that may be pertinent to your situation.

No Fault Divorce

Delaware is a no-fault state. This means that it does not matter whose "fault" the divorce is, and fault will not be a factor in the distribution of assets, unless it can be shown that a party dissipated a marital asset for a non-marital purpose. A couple only need to state that their marriage is irretrievably broken to obtain a divorce. There is no requirement that the couple live separate and apart for a period of time prior to receiving a Final Judgement of Dissolution of Marriage.

Contested Divorce v. Uncontested Divorce

A contested divorce is a divorce in which the parties do not agree on certain terms of the divorce, whether that be division of property or custody of the children. If a matter is contested, the issues will be presented to a Judge who will decide the distribution of assets and custody of the children.

An uncontested divorce is a divorce in which the parties agree on all terms of their divorce and have entered into a Marital Settlement Agreement which solemnizes the parties' agreement with respect to their assets, child custody, child support, alimony, etc.  The Marital Settlement Agreement will be incorporated into a Final Judgement of Dissolution of Marriage.

Keep in mind that a division of property does not necessarily have to be "equal". Courts often make what may at first seem like an unequal distribution based upon the specific circumstances of the marriage. Several factors are taken into account here. Courts generally consider each spouse's contributions to the marriage, both monetary and non-monetary. The ultimate goal is to arrive at a fair solution which takes into account the whole of the marriage.

Division of property is often the most troublesome issue in a divorce proceeding. Delaware Division of Property Attorney Joseph Wahl will be honored and pleased to assist you through this often difficult time. Wahl Family Law will prepare all of the necessary documents as well as continue to assist you through each stage of the process until it is complete.

Joe has the experience and the skill to help you with any aspect of your divorce, including property division, a child custody battle, child support, modifications and paternity.

Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements

A prenuptial or postnuptial agreement can be an extremely useful tool in protecting the personal property interests of each person. While some couples shy away from the idea of these types of agreements, they can prevent untold amounts of money and emotional turmoil should the marriage ever come to an end. Joe Wahl has extensive experience helping clients with the drafting, review, enforcement and litigation of these agreements. He works diligently to see that any proposed agreement protects your interests to the fullest extent possible.

Contact a New Castle County Divorce Lawyer

The orders that are issued in a divorce will have a direct impact on you and your children for years into the future. Joe will do everything in his power to ensure that you are in the best possible situation as you move into this new phase of your life. Schedule your initial consultation today by calling 302-658-2834The initial consultation fee is $150.00.