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A contested divorce is complicated as it involves couples who cannot come to an agreement on several issues concerning their divorce. There are two different kinds of divorces: one where spouses agree on every issue surrounding their divorce, including the division of marital property, debts, child support, and custody. The other type of divorce is the contested form when spouses cannot agree and require legal assistance and often court proceedings.
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About Contested Divorce Cases
A contested divorce is exactly how it sounds. One or both spouses may contest or dispute several aspects of their divorce. Hence, their divorce proceedings usually require more time to complete and generally cause greater stress. A contested divorce requires spouses to go through several steps before their divorce can be finalized. The steps are as follows:
- Prepare, file, and deliver divorce petition
- Respond to petition
- Engage a contested divorce attorney
- Gather information from spouses and witnesses
- Pre-trial Discovery with the exchange of documents and depositions
- Settlement proposals and subsequent negotiations, which may include mediation
- Prepare for trial if settlement fails
- Complete court trial and await the Court’s decision
What Can Our Contested Divorce Attorneys Do?
During trial, spouses present witnesses who are cross-examined by experienced divorce attorneys. The parties present evidence gathered prior to trial. The attorneys will then follow through with closing arguments. After trial, a final order will be issued by the court to memorialize all the decisions made by the judge. The process iscomplex but can be made simpler by an experienced divorce attorney.
Benefits of Hiring Contested Divorce Attorneys
The steps that spouses have to go through for their contested divorce proceedings are taxing and may result in overwhelming stress onto them. Amidst busy schedules, hiring a contested divorce attorney can get everything well under control. An attorney can also provide detailed information on the legal rights of the spouses to ensure you are well protected. The tedious journey which consumes a lot of time can be made less daunting with the assistance of a credible contested divorce attorney.