Contested Divorce Lawyers in Maine
It is common for divorcing couples to disagree on crucial issues such as the division of property and child custody. Some couples are able to work out their differences with the help of a Maine family attorney or a mediator in an uncontested divorce.
Others have many issues that they are not able to finalize on their own.
In the latter, they will need to pursue a contested divorce, in which the court will determine solutions to their disagreements.
In a contested divorce, it is imperative that you have the representation of a knowledgeable lawyer.
Reasons for a Contested Divorce in Maine
Almost any issue within a divorce can be grounds to pursue a contested divorce. If you think about the reasons you generally argue with your spouse, these same issues are likely the ones that will direct you to file a contested divorce. Common issues for a contested divorce include:
- Disagreements regarding fidelity
- Abuse allegations
- Different stories of abandonment or cohabitation
- Disputes over child-rearing, custody or child support
- Disputes and disagreements over the division of property, distribution of assets, spousal maintenance, and the assignment of debt, especially in high-asset divorces
- The division or dissolution of a co-owned business
The Process of a Contested Divorce
Meeting with a seasoned family lawyer in Maine should be your first priority when you know your divorce is looming. Once you discuss the issues with your attorney and provide the necessary information, they will file your divorce petition and serve it upon your spouse.
Your spouse will have some time to respond, and then the discovery process begins.
Before going to trial, you must attempt mediation in Maine if you have children under 18. If you do not, you will still have the option of attending mediation. If at all possible, it is in your best interest to resolve your issues in mediation instead of going to trial.
Unresolved issues will be determined by the court, which does not give either spouse any control.
In the event that you and your spouse are able to work out some or all of your disagreements, an agreement will be drawn up and presented to the judge. Once the judge approves, your final divorce decree will be issued.
If your divorce proceeds to trial, the presiding judge will rule on the issues you and your spouse could not resolve.
Are You Expecting a Contested Divorce? Call the Maine Divorce Group Today
Even if the writing was on the wall and you know your divorce is for the better, it is a trying and confusing process. With so many ways to proceed and the many issues that need resolving, do not risk your divorce to just any lawyer.
You need a well-versed contested divorce attorney from The Maine Divorce Group on your side. We realize that each divorce is different, and our attorneys are skilled in each type.
If you need a contested divorce, we are here to help with litigation. Contact us today to receive your divorce case review.
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Divorce is a highly emotional and stressful experience for most people. But you don’t have to face this challenge alone. Having a strong divorce attorney in your corner can help ensure that you and your children walk away from this process with the best opportunities available for future success and happiness.