If you have decided to end your marriage, you likely will find it challenging to agree with your spouse on the terms that will apply to the termination of your marriage, such as custody, support, and property division. Generally, this means that you will have to undergo what is referred to as a contested divorce. A contested divorce can be a costly and time-consuming process. If you’re dissolving your marriage, contact a knowledgeable attorney from the legal team at Paone Zaleski & Murphy, who can help you consider your Divorce Options. Please continue reading to learn more about the contested divorce process.
What is a contested divorce?
When couples dissolve their marriage, several critical decisions must be made before the union can be terminated. As mentioned above, these decisions typically include dividing assets, determining alimony and child support, and determining custody arrangements that preserve a child’s best interests. If a couple can agree on these matters without going to court, they can pursue an uncontested divorce. When a couple disagrees on one or more significant issues regarding the divorce, they will have to pursue a contested divorce. During this type of divorce, the judge is the one who is responsible for making the final decisions on the terms that will apply to the termination of the marriage.
How much does this type of divorce cost?
A contested divorce costs much more than an uncontested divorce or mediation due to the time it takes and the extensive resources required to resolve disagreements between parties. With an uncontested divorce and mediation, couples can avoid litigation and the associated legal costs as they have already agreed on all of the terms that will apply to the termination of their marriage. However, with this type of divorce, couples face numerous court proceedings where they must iron out child custody disputes, alimony payments, property division, and other costs associated with ending the marriage. That being said, a contested divorce can cost thousands of dollars.
In addition, a contested divorce will be much more time-consuming than an uncontested or alternative dispute resolution method. Typically, it takes six months to a year to resolve. However, the time it takes to end the marriage through this route will depend on how complex and contested it is. Therefore, it usually takes several months to complete.
If you’re facing a contested divorce, it is in your best interest to contact a talented attorney from the legal team at Paone Zaleski & Murphy, who will vigorously fight to protect your future and achieve a favorable outcome. Our firm is prepared to represent your interests today.