Contested Divorce

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What is Contested Divorce? 

A contested divorce is a type of divorce where the spouses cannot come to an agreement on essential issues such as the division of property, child custody, and spousal support payments. This form of divorce often requires resolution through litigation, as opposed to an uncontested divorce where both parties agree on these matters.

In a contested divorce, the process usually begins with one spouse meeting with a lawyer to prepare and file a divorce petition, which is then served to the other spouse. The procedure includes several stages:

  • Temporary Orders: After filing the petition, temporary orders may be put in place to address immediate concerns like child custody, spousal support, and property division until the final judgment is issued.
  • Discovery: Both parties gather and exchange relevant information, including financial records and property evaluations, to ensure all essential data is available before negotiations and trial.
  • Negotiation and Settlement: The parties work towards a settlement agreement, often through negotiations facilitated by attorneys. Mediation or collaborative divorce methods can also be used, where a neutral third party assists in the negotiation.
  • Trial and Judgment: If a settlement is not reached, the case proceeds to trial. Both parties present their arguments and evidence before a judge, who decides the terms of the divorce. The judge’s ruling is then outlined in the divorce judgment.

Key issues in contested divorce include custody arrangements, property and asset division, and spousal and child support. Each of these areas can be complex and contentious, requiring thorough legal representation and an understanding of the parties’ rights and obligations.

In terms of costs, contested divorces are typically more expensive and time-consuming than uncontested divorces. This is due to the extended legal proceedings, the need for attorneys, and potential additional fees for experts like financial advisors or child custody evaluators.

How Family Matters Law Group Can Assist With a Contested Divorce

The Family Matters Law Group understands the intricacies of contested divorces and stands ready to guide you through each step with expertise and compassion. From the initial filing of the divorce petition to the final decree, our experienced attorneys will be your steadfast advocates, ensuring your rights and interests are protected at every turn.

Whether you’re facing complex asset divisions, challenging custody arrangements, or intricate financial disputes, our attorneys possess the skills and resources to navigate these issues successfully. We believe in a collaborative approach, empowering you with information and advice, while also being prepared to assertively represent your interests in court.

Don’t face the uncertainties of a contested divorce alone. Reach out to the Family Matters Law Group today, and take the first step towards securing a future that reflects your best interests and those of your loved ones. Let us be your guide and advocate in this critical chapter of your life.