Divorce is complicated, financially, legally, and emotionally. This is all the more true when a couple cannot agree on the terms of their divorce. When this is the case, it is known as a contested divorce. Unresolved divorce issues can easily lead to emotionally-driven court cases. When a couple can agree on issues outside of court, they may be able to resolve the matter quickly, however, this is not always possible, in which case the couple will most likely enter the litigation process. When this happens, the terms of their divorce, including child custody, child support, alimony, property distribution, and more, will all be decided by a judge in a courtroom setting. If you find yourself in this situation, the most important thing you can do is to retain the services of an experienced Suffolk County divorce attorney who will fight for your rights through every step of the process ahead. For the divorce services you deserve, contact our contested divorce lawyer today to schedule your initial consultation.
Factors that can lead to a contested divorce
Some of the various divorce-related issues that may lead to a contested divorce are as follows:
Spousal maintenance, also known as alimony, is a regularly-contested divorce issue. When parties cannot agree on whether one spouse is entitled to alimony payments for financial support, they will often take this dispute to court.
Property distribution is also frequently a hotly-contested issue. When a couple has built a life with certain possessions, those possessions may come with an emotional tie. The idea of splitting assets with meaning and memories can be overwhelming and often lead to a contested divorce.
There are few things more frightening to parents than the thought of losing their child. Unfortunately, if you are in a contested divorce and cannot agree on child custody terms, a judge will decide these terms on your behalf. Our firm can fight to prove to the court that it is in your child’s best interests for you to retain physical and legal custody.
Depending on the custody case, the non-custodial parent may believe they shouldn’t have to support a child they hardly see, or they may believe that they should not have to contribute financially because the other parent “won.” That being said, the state strongly disagrees with this sentiment, and if your former spouse refuses to pay child support, our firm can help you and your family receive the support payments you deserve and need.
Contact Our Suffolk County Contested Divorce Lawyer
If you are in a contested divorce, our firm is here to assist you. Peter V. Mandi & Associates, Inc. has nearly a decade of experience guiding clients across Long Island through the divorce process. We are sensitive to the fact that divorce is often overwhelming. Our compassionate firm is ready to assess your matter, guide you through your legal options, and protect your rights and future. Contact Peter V. Mandi & Associates, Inc. for an initial consultation today. We are always here to help.