CONTESTED DIVORCE

CONTESTED DIVORCE

Contested divorce is one in which the parties cannot agree on the terms and conditions necessary to end the  marital partnership. The husband and wife desire to dispute either child custody issues including child support and child visitation,, division of property or the reason for the divorce.
In a contested divorce the party seeking the divorce  must be able to prove grounds in Court for the CHANCELLOR to grant the divorce decree. Proving  the grounds is often effected through  a corroborating witness(s) whose testimony in Court sustains the  statutory  grounds for the divorce. THIS IS A COURT CASE THAT INVOLVES A TRIAL; The  parties must hire counsel and go before the Judge with their witnesses.
This type of divorce can take a long time. Often these divorces may take 1 to 2 years to prepare the case for trial. The other spouse is served papers that are the Complaint for Divorce. As Defendant, they have 30 days to respond with an answer to the Complaint and at that time they may make a counter-claim for divorce. There are other processes and procedures  that often  occur before trial such as depositions, discovery, exchange of mandatory financial disclosure documents. The attorneys for the husband and wife will attempt to resolve issues and t terms of the divorce or the terms and issues of the case for trial. Sometimes you can expect to go to courts several times before the judge makes a final decision granting the divorce
Because of the time involved and the detailed trial preparation coupled with the emotional issues both parties may bring to the attorneys, this is a very expensive  legal matter.
IT IS NOT RECOMMENDED THAT EITHER SPOUSE ATTEMPT TO REPRESENT HIM OR HERSELF IN A CONTESTED DIVORCE.
THE COMPLEXITIES OF THIS TYPE DIVORCE IS FAR GREATER THAN THE AVERAGE UNTRAINED PERSON TO ABSORB.