Sometimes, we make choices that don’t always work out, and those choices can be from trying a new food that you don’t enjoy, or it can be as major as marrying the wrong person and realizing it isn’t working out. You can then apply for divorce and go through the system, and when both spouses are working together and coming to agreements in the divorce, it goes as quickly and smoothly as possible. Unfortunately, it isn’t always that easy. Sometimes one of or even both of the spouses argue and cannot come to an agreement and just essentially cannot cooperate whatsoever. When this happens, this is called a contested divorce. What eventually happens is that the couple ends up in court so that a judge can make and enforce the decisions for them.
Contested divorce takes a long time, much longer than uncontested, as it involves things such as the preparation, filing, and serving of the divorce petition, the response to the petition, hiring an attorney, engaging in divorce discovery, pre-trial legal motions and hearings, and settlement proposals and negotiations between attorneys. If the settlement fails, the preparation for trial must be done. An divorce appeal can also occur if either party contests the final court results. Divorce is very emotional, and can take a lot of time. Many people allow their emotions to influence their thoughts and behaviors beyond reason which, in divorce, can cause for it to be contested.
If you live in or around Oyster Bay, Long Island and are looking to obtain a divorce or are in the process of a divorce, Simonetti and Associates are a short drive down the road in Woodbury. Simonetti and Associates is experienced when it comes to contested divorce, as well as has been have been voted as the best divorce lawyer on Long Island every year since 2014.