Contested Divorce Attorney in Riverside
Resolving Your Disagreements in Court
divorce, there are many issues that must be resolved, including child custody
and child support (if children are involved),
spousal support, and the
division of marital assets. While some parties are able to reach agreements in these matters amicably,
others have a hard time resolving their differences and working out a
settlement. When there are irresolvable disputes or a spouse disagrees
with the divorce, it is called a contested divorce.
Contested divorces can be extremely difficult for the entire family. Spouses
who are constantly engaged in bickering, fighting, and name calling often
experience a great deal of stress and emotional turmoil that seeps into
their everyday life and the lives of their children. If you are filing
for divorce, it is in your best interest to hire an experienced divorce
lawyer, particularly if the divorce is contested.
When You Can't Come to an Agreement
Contested divorces are often the most common types of divorce, as it is
very rare that two former spouses can reach amicable agreements on all
terms of their divorce settlement. If you decide to take your divorce
to court, however, this does not mean that mediation cannot be utilized—and
similarly, if entering into an uncontested divorce, if the spouses cannot
reach an agreement, the divorce may become contested.
Many times, it is much too difficult to decide the terms of things like a
child custody arrangement and
child support without the interference of the court system, but it is not impossible.
In short, legal representation in a contested divorce can be critical
to the outcome of your case.
During a contested divorce, our Riverside divorce lawyers can:
- Help you understand your rights
- Make sure you know what you are legally entitled to
- Complete whatever paperwork is necessary
- Communicate with your ex-spouse or ex-spouse's attorney
- Protect your rights
- Safeguard your interests
- Fight for a fair and just settlement
Is Marriage Counseling Required Before Divorce?
According to California Family Code § 1830, while it is not required,
some courts may decide that couples will need to attend mandatory mediation
or counseling sessions before they go through with divorce. This is only
true in cases where there is controversy over custody,
visitation and the like when there is a minor child involved. Divorce causes a "disruption
to the household," to borrow from the law, which is why the court
may decide that you would benefit from mediation services before following
through with a court battle.
All California counties are different. For example, in Los Angeles County,
couples seeking divorce are required to go through the PACT education
program which stands for "planning, access, care and treatment."
To find out conclusively whether or not mediation might be required before
you go to court for divorce, you should contact a
family lawyer. Our firm pledges to keep you informed every step of the process.