A contested divorce generally means that the parties are in disagreement as to how to divide property, debts and/or the custody and support of their children. Although the filing of a divorce in a contested situation is no different than the filing of an uncontested divorce, it is important in some cases to take a proactive and aggressive approach from the start.
Often at the beginning of the case, parties have immediate issues that need to be dealt with such as who is going to remain in the home, who is going to pay what bills, who the children are going to primarily reside with. These are all issues that can be dealt with through a Temporary Orders Hearing. This is a hearing, which typically occurs within the first 14 to 30 days of a cases inception. They can be very contentious and imperative to your case as these orders will often be in place until either an agreement is reached or a Final Trial occurs, which can be 9 months to a year (sometimes even longer) after filing. It is imperative to retain a proactive and aggressive lawyer to fight for you and obtain the most favorable orders regarding your children and property at this juncture.
While appearing in court for your divorce can be extremely stressful and costly, we at Seltzer and Dally realize that sometimes it is inevitable. We will do our best to guide you through this stressful process and be an effective and zealous advocate for you and your family both in and out of the courtroom.