A contested divorce occurs when two spouses wish to separate but disagree on the provisions of the separation. A contesting spouse files a Response to your Petition indicating their disagreements. Generally, discord stems from matters of:
- Child custody
- Child support
A contested divorce can become uncontested, meaning that the courts have a vested interested in helping facilitate the transition of a contested divorce to an uncontested one. Additionally, the divorce process is required because marriage is a binding legal action that requires legal intervention to reverse. In such cases, it is in your best interested to seek the legal help of an attorney at the California Family Law Attorney Group who can explain your legal options and support you during this often grueling process.
During any divorce proceeding, but particularly in a contested divorce, the advice and support of a knowledgeable and dedicated lawyer will help you get through the process. If you decide to represent yourself, you are expected to meet the same standards as an attorney, meaning that you will be required to represent yourself in court without the assistance of the judge or an attorney. Don’t carry the weight of divorce on your shoulders, especially when dealing with a contested matter. We at the California Family Law Attorney Group will work with you and ensure that you understand the proceedings and have the protection you deserve.