What is a Contested Divorce?

When couples cannot agree on the terms of their divorce, they are in what is known as a contested divorce. Please read on and reach out to our experienced New Jersey divorce attorneys to learn more about contested divorces and how we can guide you through the legal process going forward. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What are some of the most common issues that arise in contested divorces?

When you are in a contested divorce, it may feel as if various aspects of your life are up in the air. That is why it is so important you retain the services of an experienced attorney. Some of the most significant aspects of contested divorce are as follows:

  • Child custody: No parent wants to relinquish, or even limit the time they spend with their child. However, when you are a divorcing parent, child custody terms are inevitable. If you cannot agree on this, the court will generally decide these terms for you.
  • Child support: Oftentimes, spouses who are granted child custody will require child support payments to maintain the child’s standard of living. However, this can become complicated if the other spouse feels that the payments are either unwarranted or too high.
  • Alimony: This is another popular issue that comes up in divorce, and it is not dissimilar to child support. However, alimony, or spousal support, has to do with regular payments made to the financially dependent spouse to ensure he or she can continue their standard of living established in the marriage.
  • Property/asset distribution: No spouse ever wants to be told they must leave their house or relinquish certain assets to their spouse. However, this is oftentimes the case in contested divorces.

How does the contested divorce process work?

If you and your spouse can not agree on your divorce terms, your divorce will most likely enter the litigation process. This can be very scary for some couples, as your assets will be subjected to equitable distribution, which, as you may know, is seldom an even split. Instead, the courts will distribute your assets according to what they see as a fair and just division. There are various factors courts will consider, however, the attorney you hire may play a big role in obtaining a favorable outcome. If you are in a contested divorce, you must reach out to a firm that is ready to fight for your rights.

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