Some divorces are simple: Both parties agree that a divorce is necessary and negotiate the terms of the separation on their own or through one of our knowledgeable and experienced attorneys. These uncontested divorces, however, are in the minority. It’s much more common for the divorcing parties not to see eye to eye, resulting in a contested divorce. This is why having an experienced divorce attorney like those at Cortez & Hoskovec, LLC is so important.
By definition, a contested divorce occurs when one party does not accept the terms of divorce laid out in the divorce petition. In some cases, the divorce is contested because one person does not want to divorce at all; they may wish to pursue a separation or other measure and continue to work on the relationship. In other cases, both parties wish to end the marriage, but there is disagreement over issues of property division, spousal support, child custody or other concerns.
A contested divorce does not necessarily need to end up in divorce court, although it is not uncommon for divorces to be litigated. However, at Cortez & Hoskovec, LLC, we understand that different couples will have different needs – and in many cases, settling out of court is better. This is why we strive to provide our clients with as many options as possible and help them to make the best choice for their situation.
For example, a couple may negotiate the terms of a divorce through mediation. Or, if they are unable to come to an agreement on their own but would prefer to stay away from a public hearing, they may be better served by facilitation orarbitration. In some cases, appearing before a judge is in fact in a client’s best interests.
Because every situation is unique, we encourage you to contact us for a consultation. Together, we can help you through the divorce process with as little pain and hassle as possible.