What is the Contested Divorce Process Like?

Divorce is both emotionally and legally complex, and if you and your spouse cannot agree on the terms of your divorce, you are in what is known as a “contested divorce.” Contested divorces generally enter the litigation process, where your assets will be subjected to equitable distribution. Unfortunately, you most likely know that “equitable” rarely means “equal,” and means something closer to a fair and just distribution of your assets, in the eyes of the court.

This is very scary for most spouses, as various aspects of their lives are at stake. Please read on and reach out to our compassionate, experienced firm to learn more about how we can help you through the legal process going forward. Here are some of the questions you may have about contested divorce in the state of Massachusetts:

What is at stake in a contested divorce?

Several different issues will come up in a contested divorce. Some of the most common divorce-related issues are as follows:

  • Alimony: When financially dependent spouses get divorced, they very often require regular payments to ensure they can support themselves. However, the financially independent spouse very often contests these payments, so you should be ready for it.
  • Property Distribution: Nobody wants to be forced out of their house. However, your house is almost always considered marital property, and if you are in a contested divorce, your right to live in your own home may be at stake.
  • Child Custody: This is one of the most aggressively-fought issues between divorcing parents. Generally, both parents will feel they deserve an equal or greater amount of time with their child, for one reason or another. If you believe you may lose custody of your child, it is crucial you hire an experienced attorney who will fight for your parental rights.
  • Child Support: Oftentimes, the custodial parent will require regular payments from their former spouse to maintain the child’s standard of life. However, it is not uncommon for the noncustodial parent to challenge such a claim, as they may feel they are being saddled with unwarranted and over-the-top financial burdens since they do not have the child for the majority of the time.

Though this may seem overwhelming now, it does not have to–our firm is ready to guide you, every step of the way.

Contact our experienced Massachusetts firm

For over 30 years, The Law Offices of Cynthia L. Hanley, P.C. has provided quality legal support and representation for clients in Bristol County and all of Massachusetts. Our firm’s experience eases the stress of clients while providing the legal services they deserve. If you need help through a contested divorce, contact The Law Offices of Cynthia L. Hanley, P.C. for a consultation today.