A divorce is a stressful time in your life, and with so much at stake it is easy to make mistakes during the process, and these mistakes cost you dearly.
If you’re preparing for divorce or have already started the process, you should retain a divorce attorney immediately to get the protection and guidance you need in these complex and critical matters.
We can help you avoid the painful and costly mistakes we’ve often seen in divorces, including those described below.
Issues Often Overlooked in a Divorce
During the divorce, certain items may be overlooked, such as existing medical or credit card debt. Others find they provide an inaccurate estimate of an asset, and mistakes such as this can be very costly.
We work through every detail to ensure all financial issues are addressed in the suit and all assets are valued fairly during the process.
Agreements Made Without Counsel May Be Unclear
When handling a divorce on your own, you may put something in the paperwork and think it means one thing, yet the court reads it completely differently when granting the divorce.
If a disagreement arises in the future, you are at the mercy of the court.
Our job is to ensure that your wishes are clearly understood and that any agreements you enter in to are clear, binding, and represent your original intent.
Your Expectations Could Be Unrealistic
You may walk into court hoping to take your spouse for everything they have as they cheated on you. Unfortunately, the court doesn’t punish people for their bad behavior. If you expect them to, you will be disappointed, and this will influence your feelings and decisions throughout the entire process.
The same holds true of your spouse. You may believe he or she will be fair and cooperative during the process, yet this isn’t always the case.
We’re your advocate – we ensure that your rights are protected at all times, even when you can’t.
Failing to Understand Tax Ramifications
Divorce brings about many changes. One involves the taxes you must pay. You need solid advice during this period, and as experienced divorce attorneys, we will help you understand the ramifications of each decision.
These are just a few of the many costly mistakes that need to be understood and avoided in a divorce.
As your divorce lawyer we use our knowledge and experience to prevent costly mistakes and errors such as these.
Our fees are honest and fair – and our first meeting is free, so you can get to know us, how we can protect your interests, and help you avoid paying a great deal more later due to costly mistakes.
WHAT OUR CLIENTS ARE SAYING...
A few comments from some of our happy clients. We work hard to give our clients the best possible outcome in every single case – Our reputation depends on it.
"Had a pretty simple child custody case, but still needed the help of an attorney and William was great. Very friendly, and surprisingly enough quick to respond!! Answered all my questions and then some! I highly recommend! "
"My relationship with Will Fontenot was very unusual because I live in another state and needed an attorney in whom I could place complete faith and trust to represent my family. Mr. Fontenot's performance was exemplary exceeding my expectations at every turn. Not only did Will provide a careful well researched defense, but kept me informed at every step, while maintaining a level of professional decorum and courtesy that is hard to find in any business environment. I would recommend Mr. Fontenot to anyone, without reservation. I hope I never need an attorney again, but if I do, I know who I want on my team."
"In a child custody matter, William took on the case with short notice, provided excellent assistance, and was respectful and professional both in and out of the court room. A quality I appreciate is how William presented himself first as a caring individual, then as an attorney. With the high conflict issues I had, this was very helpful in calming my nerves. Having experienced family law attorneys that were less than friendly, I value William's straight forward approach, his know-how in a confusing process, and overall, him calling me out when I was letting heightened emotions cloud my judgment. William's focus on what is fair, and right is a quality I've found difficult to find in other family law attorneys. I recommend William and his firm with the highest of regards."
"Mr. Fontenot is representing me in finalizing my divorce. His great timing has made all the difference in the world to me. The first time I walked into his office, I thought I was ready to “get it over with”. I was willing to give up anything just to be out of the marriage. I see now that I wasn't even close to being ready. I had a long way to go. I was only seeing what I wanted to see. Through this process, I have learned patience and have found out a lot about myself. I believe this growth had made me become a better person and a much better mother. Mr. Fontenot always used his good judgment to only give me what I could handle, when I could handle it. Even though I knew he was always just a phone call away, I trusted him to look out for me and my kids as he saw fit. It has been a very long, very difficult process, but I think we are finally nearing the end. I know that Mr. Fontenot and I have frustrated each other tremendously several times, but I realize now that he has been looking out for us the whole time. I see now that all of the pitfalls we have had were really stepping stones. I believe those pitfalls were all necessary and part of the healing process. Now I try to look at them as a series of tiny miracles that add up to finally being able to let go and move on. Thank you, Will."
"I have nothing but the best to say about Will and his team. Will is a guy that I trust and can depend on to not only call me back but also stay true to his word and follow through. I would highly recommend Will and the legal services he provides."
"When my family was in need of help, Will came thru with flying colors. Our situation could have been dire, but with this attorneys expertise and knowledge things turned out to be not so dire. Thanks so very much! If ever in need again we will be calling on Mr. Fontenot."
"Will took my case, a case that lesser attorneys told me was UN-winnable. He looked at my case with unrivaled legal prowess and his fees were beyond reasonable. In the end, Will explored every avenue of legal defense and saved my reputation, my freedom and my livelihood. If I ever need an attorney in the future, Will Fontenot would be my first and last choice! Thanx Will!"
"Will took over a case that is now in the Utah Supreme Court. The case has had four other attorneys offices involved over the past decade with varying levels of success. His professional attitude and caring disposition were the deciding factors in our hiring him. His ability to understand the intricate legal issues gave us comfort. His very impressive handling of Oral Arguments before the Utah Supreme Court highlighted his intelligence as well as his abilities. You would be hard pressed to tell that it was his first time before the Supreme Court. He was well prepared and confident, but very composed. I would feel very comfortable recommending Will to anyone who finds themselves in need of an Honorable Attorney! His supporting office personnel make for a winning Team."