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Process of Contested Divorce in Orange County

Spouses undergo a contested divorce if they are not able to agree on the issues involved in their divorce. Divorce can be much easier if the spouses are able to agree, but it is not common for this to occur. More often, spouses go through a contested divorce in order to reach a divorce agreement. A contested divorce can take longer and cost more than an uncontested divorce due to the time in court and the length of the process. If you are going through a divorce, it is beneficial to have the assistance of a skilled Orange County divorce lawyer throughout the process. The steps that the couple will generally have to go through in their divorce include:

  1. Meeting with their family law attorney
  2. Serving a divorce petition to your spouse
  3. Receiving an "answer" to the petition
  4. Discovering information from the other spouse regarding assets, income and custody
  5. Coming to an agreement before the court date if possible
  6. Trial- witness can speak and cross examination will occur, then judge will come to a decision about all divorce issues
  7. Post-trial motions where either party can file a motion for relief from the judgment
  8. Appeals if the post-trial motions are denied

The matters that will be decided in a divorce include; division of assets, child custody, child support, spousal support and debt division. If you are not able to agree on these issues, the judge will have to in a contested divorce. In order to ensure that your needs and wants are fought for, retain an Orange County divorce attorney from the The Law Offices of Marc E. Mitzner. We offer a free case evaluation so do not hesitate to call our firm and discuss your unique divorce case with one our lawyers today.