What is a contested divorce?
When parties are not in agreement concerning the key issues in a divorce, such as property and debt division, parental responsibilities and child support; the divorce is contested. In contested divorce cases, spouses will be encouraged and often required, to mediate and make best efforts to reach agreements. Having an attorney guide you through settlement discussions on contested issues is extremely useful. In most cases, we help clients reach resolution on contested matters and resolve the case without a hearing. In some cases however, a hearing on contested issues cannot be avoided due to the level of conflict or strongly opposed positions of the parties. We will educate you about the legal implications and range of outcomes on each contested issue should they be brought to a Judge. When negations are unsuccessful and parties are unable to make agreement, they will have a hearing and a Judge will make orders on the key issues for them.
In a contested divorce, the Court may resolve issues related to: