No one wishes to go through a divorce, but sometimes the inevitable happens.
A contested divorce, depending on the complexity could take years to resolve. The emotional strain can eat away at you.
In order to make this time less stressful, we put together this article so you know how to deal with a contested divorce.
Let’s get started.
Gather a Strong Support System
When you’re dealing with a contested divorce, it might feel like you’re alone and you could shut people who love you away.
Getting divorced can generate feelings of isolation because your family is breaking apart.
Instead of giving into those feelings, you need to find a strong support system to help you get through it.
If you don’t feel comfortable going to family members, you can always go to your closest group of friends for support.
If none of those is an option, you can join a support group or see a therapist.
Meet With a Lawyer
To get through a contested divorce, you will need to seek the help of a lawyer.
It will be a process of a lot of emotional strain and you can’t get through with the help of a divorce attorney. While you may be hurt and not think clearly, they will be the voice of reason who will look after your best interests.
Before you pick a divorce lawyer, you should meet with a few of them to discuss your case and get their input.
Ask anyone you know who has gone through this for a recommendation, or look for a lawyer online. Always make sure you read their online reviews.
Put Together all Your Documents
In a divorce that is contested, the parties cannot agree on the terms, the process tends to go on longer than anyone wants.
Your lawyer will want for you to gather all your documents such a proof of marital assets, income, custody, and anything related.
This process is called discovery because the parties will have to gather as much useful information about each other so they can come to terms.
During this time the judge might grant temporary custody of a child or spouse alimony.
Prepare For the Hearing
Before the hearing, your attorney will tell you how to prepare for the hearing.
The judge will want to see your witnesses, who will testify to the good character of each one of the parties.
It’s important to practice your answers and only answer what you’re asked.
Your attorney will have an opening and closing statement ready to share with the court.
The judge will reach a decision depending on the complexity of your case. Some factors include custody, alimony, and property.
You Don’t Have to Handle your Contested Divorce Alone
We know going through a divorce is a stressful time, but the right professional can help guide you so you can move on.
If you’re going through a divorce, you don’t have to do it alone. At Perusse Family Law we have the experience and professionals to handle your case.
Contact us for a consultation.