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California contested divorce may require experienced assistance

Just as a marriage takes much time and effort, the end of one may take just as much energy in some circumstances. While California is a community property state, a spouse who is anticipating or going through a contested divorce may benefit from as much information as possible. There are steps that a resident can take on his or her own to get the process started, but these cases are often difficult and tedious.

A divorce is considered to be contested when a spouse files a response to a divorce petition and there is no formal agreement between the couple in regard to important issues. Some of the matters that may provide grounds for discord are child custody and support, property division or how to handle debts. In these matters, a couple can seek information from the family courts as to how to proceed.

In some situations, a couple could consider mediation in order to resolve their differences, but this may not be possible when there is ongoing conflict or animosity between the parties involved. A spouse can request that the issue is resolved by a court hearing, but this often requires careful preparation. It is possible that a couple can agree on most issues but are unable to come to an agreement on some important points. They can then request that the court address these issues separately through bifurcation, which refers to the separation of these issues to be addressed in a separate hearing or trial.

The process of going through a contested divorce can be both emotionally and financially draining when a couple is unable to arrive at a peaceable agreement. Because a divorce has such a direct impact on the lives of the former spouses into the future, it is important to ensure that one obtains the most favorable outcome possible. California residents who find themselves in the midst of a protracted and contentious divorce may benefit from the guidance that an experienced family law attorney can provide. 

Source: courts.ca.gov, "Contested Case - divorce or separation selfhelp", Accessed on Sept. 11, 2017

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