A contested divorce doesn’t automatically mean one spouse is angry with another. It can sometimes mean that a spouse is working to ensure that they simply get what they are fairly entitled.
Contested Divorces occur when spouses cannot agree on key things concerning their split. Some these issues include:
- Parenting Time Schedules
- Custody arrangements
- Child Support
- Alimony (aka Spousal Support)
- Division of Property
- Division of Debt
- A Spouse’s Interest in a Business and/or Value of a Business
- Retirement Plans
- Dissipated Money or Property
If spouses cannot reach an agreement on these issues, the Judge assigned to the case would ultimately make the decision on these issues at a trial. Prior to the trial, the attorneys for each spouse will conduct a discovery process into researching the finances and other details necessary to build their case about the relevant issues and attempt influence a decision that will benefit the spouse that they are representing. It is key that you have representation that will work even harder to present the court with facts and information that will benefit you. Contact the Michigan Divorce Attorney at the Law Offices of Alan B. Cooper to discuss the details of your case.
Sometimes spouses begin the divorce process believing they are on the same page only to find out later when pressed for the details that they ultimately disagree. Sometimes, personal conflict makes a contested divorce inevitable.
The Michigan Divorce Attorneys at the Law Offices of Alan Cooper sometimes feel that it is not advisable for a client to negotiate with their spouse prior to obtaining an attorney. Frequently, the emotional pain, frustration, or other power imbalances that may exist at the time make it difficult to have a truly fair negotiation. When this occurs, many agreements entered into are unfair, and might be difficult to cancel.