A contested divorce has enough uncertainty and upheaval in it without the parties or their attorneys fanning flames. We are proud of our courtroom skills and can litigate with any firm, anywhere. But that doesn’t mean that thrashing things out in court always serves your best interests. If you have an unreasonable spouse with an attorney willing to use unproductive and expensive tactics, then you may be facing a long, costly divorce. With a knowledgeable and experienced attorney, you will not only weather the storm, but judges are good at seeing where or with whom the problem lies, and you will likely prevail eventually, despite all difficulties.
A contested divorce is not an event to look forward to. But should you be faced with one, it’s not something that should terrify you either. Here is an analogy: If you went to the doctor and he told you you needed a serious operation, but that you would definitely survive it and be healthier and happier, would you allow fear to freeze you from acting in your own best interest? Look at a contested divorce the same way. And remember: even if a case starts out contested, the court will order the case to mediation prior to trial and that will give the parties and the lawyers an opportunity to turn a hard fought case into one with a good settlement that both sides can live with.