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What steps are involved in a contested divorce?

While divorces are rarely easy, some couples in Michigan are able to come to terms with major issues at the end of their marriage. For many others, establishing guidelines about custody, visitation, and property division can be all but impossible. Live About explains what goes on when divorces are contested, and what you can do to successfully navigate the process.

Attorney interview

Legal representation is essential to contested divorces. Your attorney will assess the situation to create a solid legal strategy on your behalf. He or she will also file your divorce petition and advise you on which documents are necessary to make your case. Once the petition is filed, your ex will be requested to provide similar documentation to support your case.

Discovery requests

The discovery process begins after your ex responds to the divorce petition. This process allows both legal teams to request information about the marriage and related issues. You will both be subject to deadlines in terms of responses to queries and requests for documentation. At this time, temporary orders can also be established by the court until a final decision is made. Orders can establish temporary child support or alimony payments.

Settlement or trial

If you and your ex are able to come to an agreement a settlement will be reached. If disagreements remain, a trial will take place. During the trial witnesses from either side can give statements to support claims made. Your attorney will also provide a closing argument in hopes to win the case on your behalf. Upon his or her decision, the judge will issue a final order in the case. If you disagree with the ruling, you can file a post-trial motion, and if denied, you can appeal the decision.

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Lorrie J. Zahodnic, P.C. has provided skilled and compassionate legal guidance to Michiganders in family law matters for over 20 years.

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