A contested divorce is the type in which the spouses cannot agree on one or more key issues, which must be resolved before the marriage can be dissolved. Contested divorces are commonplace now as there are many different issues to resolve during before the case can be concluded. The most common disputes include such sensitive topics as:
A contested divorce can also arise from one spouse apposing the divorce altogether.
It is not recommended that spouses represent themselves in a contested divorce. Often, there are complexities in a contested divorce that require expertise. Furthermore, there can be severe financial and emotional repercussions of acting as your own lawyer.
In contested cases, experienced contested divorce lawyers, McChesney & Ortwerth, will devise a strategy which effectively represents your interests and goals. Our objective is to settle your case fairly, with a minimum amount of conflict and expense through negotiation, mediation and settlement conferences.
It is common for couples to begin the contested divorce process, but reach an agreement before the court trial beings. This is referred to as a settlement, and if this is to happen, we will draw up an agreement. If both spouses sign the agreement, it becomes a legally binding contract.
We will bring a practical and level-headed approach to your case. However, if negotiations break down, we will push your case to trial; we will fight for your rights; and we will not back down.