There are few things more complicated than divorce. The unfortunate reality is that oftentimes, when couples divorce, they do not agree on the terms of their divorce, just as they do not agree on certain issues while they were married. However, when the time comes for a divorce, terms have to be reached, and if you and your spouse are having trouble reaching divorce terms that you both agree with on your own, you are in what is known as a contested divorce. Read this blog and speak with our New Jersey divorce attorneys to learn more about contested divorce and how our firm can assist you through every step of the legal process ahead. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What happens in a contested divorce?

When a couple is in a contested divorce, in most cases, their divorce will go through the litigation process. During litigation, the court will determine the final outcome of your divorce, including terms regarding property division, child custody, child support, spousal support, and more, if you cannot decide on any of those terms on your own. Rather obviously, at times, this type of divorce can become quite complex, which is why you must retain the services of a knowledgeable Rumson divorce lawyer who has assisted various individuals through the process in the past.

Are there alternatives to litigation?

For obvious reasons, many couples would prefer to settle their divorce outside of a courtroom setting and avoid the litigation process altogether. If you believe that you and your spouse are on speaking terms and still capable of making a compromise, you may have other options on the table. For example, you may hire a divorce mediator, who is an unbiased third party who can work to facilitate productive conversation between you and your spouse to help you reach a compromise. Mediation is a low-stakes meeting outside of the courtroom setting, and oftentimes, hiring a mediator allows spouses to have their voices truly heard and craft a divorce agreement that truly works for both spouses. Furthermore, divorce mediation often saves spouses time, money, and the frustration often associated with the litigation process. That being said, regardless of your situation, whether you are going through the litigation process or you are looking to hire an experienced divorce mediator, our firm is here to help. All you have to do is pick up the phone and give us a call today.


If you require strong legal representation for matters of divorce and family law in Rumson, Monmouth County, or anywhere in New Jersey, contact The Law Offices of Paone, Zaleski & Murphy to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced attorneys today.