Contested Divorce Lawyer
Contested divorce in Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale or West Palm Beach needs to be handled by an experienced contested divorce attorney due to the difficulties that arise when both parties cannot come to agreement on the terms. At Klein Law Group, our attorneys in Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach have years of experience helping individuals throughout the South Florida area that are going through a divorce.
“Contested” refers to a divorce between two parties that cannot come to an agreement on any or all terms related to the dissolution of marriage. This can include division of property, alimony, child custody and visitation (timesharing) or child support. Typically, contested divorces take longer, result in more emotional distress and are more costly. This is due to the fact that uncompromising spouses may be determined to avoid reasonable solutions, communication often takes place primarily between attorneys, and in some cases, decisions need to be made by a judge following a trial if no agreement can be reached.
If you are considering a contested divorce in Boca Raton, West Palm Beach or Fort Lauderdale, or you have already been served with a petition, you need an experienced attorney that can provide you with solid legal guidance and representation. At Klein Law Group, we offer compassionate guidance and support along with aggressive legal representation to ensure that your rights and best interests are protected. Divorce has long lasting ramifications that can affect the rest of your life, as well as the life of your family. Our attorneys handle cases with a combination of empathy and tenacity and are focused on getting you the best possible outcome.
Free Consultation in Boca Raton, West Palm Beach or Fort Lauderdale
At Klein Law Group, we offer a free consultation in Boca Raton, West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale, with convenient locations within the South Florida area. During your free, no-obligation contested divorce consultation, you will have the opportunity to ask questions and obtain more information about the process. By providing us with more information about your unique situation, we can also help you determine how to proceed and provide you with legal advice that is tailored to suit your specific needs. Going through a divorce is a difficult endeavor and we are committed to providing you with the solid legal guidance and representation you need to get through this very challenging time.
Contact Our Boca Raton Contested Divorce Lawyers Today
If you are considering a divorce or have been served with divorce papers, and you anticipate going through a contested divorce because you cannot come to an agreement with your spouse about one or more aspects related to the dissolution of your marriage, call the attorneys at Klein Law Group at 561-367-5166 or fill out the form on the side of this page and one of our experienced attorneys will call you.
Contested divorces are stressful and wrought with emotional conflict. Knowing that you have an attorney you can trust on your side is an important step in getting through this difficult time in your life. At Klein Law Group, we provide compassionate guidance and are responsive to your concerns, while also aggressively protecting your rights and your best interests in the pursuit of a positive resolution.
Divorce gives you the freedom to start fresh. Although the process of a contested divorce is more complex and challenging than other means of ending a marriage, our lawyers in Boca Raton, West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale are dedicated to helping you move forward with confidence.
Florida Contested Divorce FAQs
A contested divorce is a divorce between spouses in which they cannot come to agreement on their own about how to separate assets, liabilities and property, are unable to agree on alimony, or are unwilling to compromise and agree on issues related to children, such as child custody and visitation (timesharing) or child support. Whether there is a single issue of contention or both parties cannot come to agreement about anything related to the dissolution of their marriage, the divorce is considered to be contested. Contested divorces generally take longer to resolve, resulting in higher legal expenses. This is due to the fact that divorce lawyers need to get involved in communicating back and forth to get both parties to compromise and come to agreement, and this can become a lengthy process. If agreement cannot be reached, then at some point, the case may have to go to trial in court before a judge. If this occurs, then the judge determines the outcome of the decisions that cannot be mutually agreed upon by the two parties involved.
If you and your spouse are considering divorce and cannot agree on any or all aspects related to ending your marriage, you can expect to go through a contested divorce. The first step should be a meeting with a lawyer that is experienced in handling contested divorces. Then either your attorney will draw up a divorce petition and your spouse will be served with the petition, or he or she may have already had an attorney draw up the papers and has served you with the papers. Once this step is completed, a response to the petition must be made within 20 days.
Your attorney will then begin a discovery phase, finding out as much as possible about any issues of importance related to the marriage or the reasons for divorce, as well as uncovering all financial information. Both parties, along with attorneys, can continue communication and meetings in an effort to resolve any issues during this time. The amount of negotiation and communication that goes on between parties will differ on a case by case basis, depending on the unique situation.
The goal is to come to agreement and reach a settlement at some point in the process, but if this cannot be done, then the case will go to trial in a courtroom before a judge. If the case goes to trial, the judge will determine how the unresolved issues should be resolved after being presented with all of the evidence. Following the judge’s decision, appeals can be made if necessary. It is important to keep in mind that this process can be very stressful, time consuming and expensive. The further apart the two parties are and the more they are unwilling to compromise, the more difficult the process becomes. The goal of both parties, as well as attorneys, should be to come to a settlement before having to go to trial.
No. The goal of your divorce attorney should be to help both parties come to a settlement, while keeping your best interests in mind. The more you and your spouse are willing to compromise, and the more that the attorneys can facilitate that process, the better. In many cases, both parties simply cannot come to an agreement, despite communication and negotiation between them and their attorneys. When this happens, then the case will be brought before a judge and a trial will ensue. Once this happens, the judge will be left to make the final decisions about issues that could not be settled between parties. It is usually in everyone’s best interests to try to keep divorce proceedings from reaching the point where they have to go to trial, but this is not always possible.
In a contested divorce, there are one or more points of contention between both parties that must be resolved before a marital settlement agreement can be finalized. This results in the need for lawyers to get involved to help both parties negotiate and compromise to reach an agreement or for the case to be brought to trial before a judge if agreement cannot be reached. In contrast, uncontested divorces occur when both spouses come to agreement on their own and then all that is needed is a lawyer to draw up and file all necessary paperwork and bring it before a judge so the divorce can be finalized.
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