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Monroe Contested Divorce Attorney

There are many decisions that go into a couple's ultimate choice to legally end their marriage. At Collins Family Law Group, every single Monroe divorce lawyer on our team recognizes this fact, and we empathize with our clients who are struggling through this process. Of the many methods of divorce that exist, perhaps the most difficult to endure for a divorcing couple is that of contested divorce.

Given the stress, consternation, disagreement, and overall unease that are often associated with divorces of this nature, each party of a couple that is going through this type of divorce needs to take every precaution necessary to protect themselves and their emotional wellbeing. At our office, we are prepared to act as the personal and professional support you need at a time such as this.

Components of a Contested Divorce

The nature behind a contested divorce implies that a couple was unable to mutually agree upon the terms and conditions that must be specified in their divorce agreement before the marriage could be officially dissolved. It can be extremely difficult to decide upon the way that spousal support will be allocated or child custody will be divided, especially when a couple does not see eye to eye on these issues. As such, involving the court might become necessary in order to ensure that the divorce is able to be completed at all.

The litigation that is required in order to complete a contested divorce can be complex. Couples who need to utilize this method of divorce should brace themselves for a potentially drawn-out process that could reflect higher fees than its counterpart, uncontested divorce. Contested cases of divorce require more time, attention, and investigation, and as such, the ultimate involvement of a courtroom judge. The steps that need to be completed during a contested divorce must be done under the instruction of a lawyer. These steps are as follows:

  • Serving your spouse with a divorce petition
  • Waiting to receive a response to the petition
  • Using "discovery" to uncover detailed information about each spouses' marital assets, including income
  • Establishing a settlement (the judge will likely encourage that this be done prior to your final court date)
  • Attending the final hearing, at which time you will be put on the witness stand and given the opportunity to express your side of the story. In the best case scenario, this is when the judge will make his / her final ruling on the terms of your divorce.

If the decisions that are ruled upon in court do not align with your personal expectations, you have the legal right to file a post-trial motion. This motion will serve as an official request for relief from the final judgment that was made. You will typically have 30 days following the signing of a divorce order in which you can legally file a post-trial motion. As with all other matters of your contested divorce, this process should not be completed without a professional attorney on your side who can properly guide you through the process.

Contact Collins Family Law Group

As you embark on the journey of a contested divorce, it is suggested that you do so under the representation of a highly qualified professional. Divorces of this nature can be extremely difficult to endure, especially if you don't have a legal advocate on your side that you can trust will always be acting in your best interests.

At Collins Family Law Group, we understand the need for supportive, experienced legal representation at a time like this. As such, we go out of our way to make sure that this is exactly what is provided to the clients we represent. You can learn more about the professional legal services we have to offer by contacting our office today.

Collins Family Law Group - Monroe Divorce Attorney
Located at 112 North Main Street, Monroe, NC 28112.
Phone: (704) 269-6697.
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