What is a Contested Divorce?
Contested Divorce simply means that you are not able to resolve some or all of the issues which need to be resolved with your spouse before being able to obtain a divorce in Michigan. These are:
- Property Division; (e.g., property, investments, retirement funds)
- Debt Division; (e.g., credit card, student loan, mortgage)
- Spousal Support.
- Child Support; and
- Child Custody.
When there are disagreements as to property division, child custody or visitation, child support, or alimony, those disagreements must be resolved. Ideally, your attorney and your spouse’s attorney will be able to resolve the disagreements before you go to court for your final hearing.
When the parties cannot agree, the court will decide the issues at a trial. Before the courts rule on contested divorce issues, the judge may encourage the parties to settle the issues between themselves. This may include lengthy negotiations between your lawyer and your spouse’s lawyer. A judge may also order the spouses to go to mediation.
Mediation in a divorce case involves a neutral third-party mediator who helps facilitate a settlement between the parties. The mediator does not decide disputes like a judge. Instead, the mediator helps the parties come up with their own agreements to avoid litigating the issues in court. Any terms the parties cannot settle will be decided during divorce court.
A contested divorce is the most complicated type of divorce. It can cost a significant amount of money, time, and cause a great deal of stress. It is always a good idea to consult with the divorce attorneys at DivorceEx.com prior to starting the process. The divorce lawyers in our firm have seen it all when it comes to divorces and are ready and willing to help you.
We believe that the keys to resolving a contested divorce in Michigan are: 1) educating the parties about the process and their unique marital situation; 2) finding creative solutions to resolving the underlying interest and concerns of the parties; 3) maintaining a resolution focused approach at all times during a case so that court becomes the last option, not the first. That said, unfortunately we do not control everything in a case and sometimes hearings and even trials provide the best ultimate resolution for a case. Rest assured that if that is the case for your divorce, we have the experience and knowledge to best help you present your case in the courtroom.
Get the Help You Need for Your Michigan Contested Divorce
We excel at handling cases involving high net worth, including the division of such assets as real estate, trusts, 401K, retirement benefits, and businesses. To schedule an appointment with our Divorce lawyers in Michigan or any of our experienced family law attorneys, contact our Divorce law office in Southfield, Michigan. Call 248-281-6299 or send us an email to set up a free initial telephone consultation.