Attorneys for Contested Divorces
In many cases, the decision to divorce is a mutual one, agreed upon by both parties, and the division of assets and other proceedings are amicable.
But unfortunately, it isn’t always that simple. A contested divorce is legally defined as a divorce in which the two parties do not necessarily agree on some or all of the factors involved.
This can mean one party desires a divorce, but the other does not. It can also mean that the two people disagree strongly about issues like the division of assets, or the assignment of child custody. These divorce proceedings are more difficult and complex, and you need an experienced lawyer to help you along the way.
At 123 Divorce Company, our team of skilled divorce attorneys have helped countless people with challenging contested divorces involving complex and drawn-out litigation. We understand how difficult and emotionally challenging this time in your life can be, and our job is to help you navigate these stormy legal waters and arrive at fair terms with your former partner.
We act as a valued ally to help you make sure your own best interests are protected during a difficult divorce.
Understanding Contested Divorces
A divorce can be either “contested” or “uncontested.” You might wonder where your own upcoming divorce proceedings fit in.
Your divorce could be classified as “contested” if you and your partner strongly disagree on important aspects of the divorce process. If this is the case, you’re looking at a more complicated legal proceeding.
Here’s a basic rundown of what you can expect from a contested divorce.
- Meeting with a divorce attorney. You’re going to need a legal advocate to represent you in court. It’s important to find a Dallas divorce attorney who’s a good fit for your needs, and you may want to meet with several candidates before making a decision. You will need to gather up any relevant
documents,and start making decisions about what your desired outcomes will be for things like asset division, child custody, alimony, and the division of marital debt.
- Serving a divorce petition to your spouse. This can occur in person, by mail, or via a deputy sheriff.
- Receiving the spouse’s response to the petition. Your spouse will have thirty days to respond to your divorce petition. If they fail to respond, you may obtain a default
judgement. If they do respond, the case will proceed.
- Discovery. This phase is where you and the spouse exchange detailed information about things like assets, custody, income, and other relevant issues. Both parties are subject to a time limit.
- Settlement. This occurs if you and the spouse, along with your respective divorce attorneys, make a decision to collaborate and undergo mediation. This occurs outside of a courtroom.
- Trial. If agreements are not reached during the settlement stage, the case will go to trial, where it will be decided by a judge.
- Post-trial motions. This is something you and your attorney can pursue if you feel that the judge’s decision was unfair.
- Appeal. If your post-trial motions are denied by the judge, you can appeal the decision within thirty days of the final judgement.
At 123 Divorce Company, Our Attorneys Help You Navigate a Challenging Contested Divorce
Our experienced attorneys work with you to help you understand the legal proceedings associated with a contested
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