People enter into marriage with varying expectations. When these expectations are not met, whether because of inappropriate or deceitful behavior, or because of other issues unrelated to the character of your spouse, your decision to seek a divorce may come as a shock to your spouse, even when he/she knows things aren’t going as well as they should be. Losing a spouse through divorce can be as painful as the death of a family member or close friend.
Your spouse may react to a divorce in various ways - e.g digging his/her head in the sand and not cooperating with the process at all, or alternatively behaving in an overly aggressive manner. Your spouse's poor conduct may necessitate the use of intensive litigation tools.
We often describe the divorce process to clients as a 'winding up' of a business, where you must inventory what exists before you can determine what you want to do with it. If the emotions are running high and your spouse is behaving poorly, pendente lite motions, intensive discovery processes, and requests for orders may be necessary to ensure he/she plays by the rules.
Divorce proceedings end in one of two ways, either: 1) You and your spouse reach agreement regarding all the financial matters and all matters affecting your children, which are memorialized into a separation agreement and parenting plan, or 2) You and your spouse cannot agree and a Judge will make those decisions for you after a divorce trial.
To ensure your rights are protected, you need to have an advocate on your side to guide you through navigating the complicated litigation process to a satisfactory conclusion. Contact us today to schedule your free and confidential consultation.