Divorce is complicated, and when spouses cannot agree on the terms of their divorce, they enter what is known as a contested divorce. If you are in a contested divorce, you may have a rocky road ahead, which is why you must hire an experienced attorney who can help. Here are some of the questions you may have regarding the legal process going forward:
What are some of the most hotly-contested divorce issues?
- Child custody: Both parents usually want to be an equal, or more than equal part of their child’s life. However, this is often not the case, and parents will fight for rights to child custody.
- Property distribution: Nobody wants to be told they must leave their house, so it is no secret how property distribution is one of the most contested issues.
- Child support: One of the touchiest of all divorce issues; when one spouse gains child custody, they may request payments from the other spouse to help sustain the child’s quality of life.
- Alimony: When couples get divorced, they very often feel the other owes them financially. However, the other spouse very often disagrees.
What is the contested divorce process like?
The contested divorce process can be rough. When you and your spouse cannot agree on the terms of your divorce, your assets will very often be subjected to equitable distribution via the litigation process. Essentially, equitable distribution means a fair and just division of your assets, however, both spouses very often disagree with the judge’s determinations. Additionally, most couples seek to avoid the courtroom setting, as it often adds fuel to the fire. Fortunately, if this sounds like something you’d like to avoid, there may be something you can do.
Can I avoid the litigation process?
To avoid the litigation process, you and your spouse may hire a divorce mediator. Essentially, the goal of a divorce mediator is to facilitate conversation between you and your spouse regarding the terms of your divorce. A divorce mediator is a neutral third-party who listens to both spouses in the hopes of arranging a compromise. When successful, both spouses feel as though they had more of a say in the outcome, which is why they are far more likely to accept it. If you need a professional, neutral, and efficient divorce mediator, our firm can help.
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Peter V. Mandi, Esq. is an experienced divorce and family law attorney located in Bohemia, New York. Our firm understands the impact a divorce can have on your life. If you require strong and dedicated legal representation in Long Island, New York, please do not hesitate to contact Peter V. Mandi & Associates, Inc. today.