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By nature, divorces can be complicated and sometimes messy. When a couple decides to end a marriage, there are a lot of emotions and history involved. One cannot simply ignore the past, especially if the reason for the divorce is particularly hurtful. Divorces can evoke anger, bitterness, and sometimes bring out the worst in people. An individual can use divorce proceedings to hurt their ex. Sometimes, couples simply cannot agree on issues during the matter. This case refers to a contested divorce.

Contested divorces occur when one or both parties in a marriage cannot come to an agreement on all divorce matters. These issues may include:

All of these issues must be determined before a divorce is finalized. Most California courts will not rule on a divorce until a couple has settled everything. This can be complicated when spouses contest one or all decisions. That is why, if you are going through a difficult divorce, you will need a divorce attorney who is willing to fight aggressively on your behalf.

If you know your ex will put up a fight during your divorce, the first thing you should do is hire an experienced attorneys. At James D. Madden, Attorney at Law, we have a family law specialist who has an extensive knowledge and vast experience in contested divorces.

If you and your ex are going through a contested divorce, here are some steps you will need to take:

  • Meet with an attorney and come up with a game plan
  • Serve your spouse with a divorce petition
  • Have your spouse respond to the petition
  • Accumulate information for both parties about assets, property, etc.
  • Try to come up with a settlement
  • Go to trial
  • In some cases, invoke post-trial motions
  • In some cases, file an appeal

In a contested divorce, you need someone who understands the legal system and the San Bernardino courts. Our lawyer does. We take the time to get to know our clients and truly understand their needs. This allows us to better represent them in the courtroom. If you are ready to take the next step in your divorce, contact our San Bernardino lawyers today for a free consultation.

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