Contested Divorce Attorneys
When ending a marriage, the parties often find themselves worlds apart with regard to the key issues, creating a rather complicated legal process – the contested divorce.
In a contested divorce, husband and wife disagree significantly over some or even all aspects of custody, property or support, and they demonstrate little willingness to give on their respective positions. In this situation, resolution will not be swift (it could take up to a year or even more) and may require a full trial before a family court judge who will decide all disputed issues.
When parties begin so far apart in the process of divorce, one or both parties may need to request temporary relief from the court until the final dissolution of the marriage – how will custody of the children be handled? Who will have possession of the marital home? Who will pay for all the monthly expenses and support the children? How will property be safeguarded so one spouse does not deplete marital assets? These issues are resolved through a motion pendente lite, or PDL motion.
Also, parties will engage in discovery to be sure of the facts, to see if one party might be hiding information from the other. Depositions – testimony given outside of court but under oath – may be taken.
Eventually, the parties will reach a resolution of the issues and reduce them to a Marital Settlement Agreement, or they will require a trial where each side will present evidence, examine and cross-examine witnesses, and the judge will decide all of the disputed issues.
To proceed through this legal maze, you will need a skilled and experienced attorney to represent and assert your interests, provide you with critical advice, evaluate the merits of the case and present you with possible outcomes relating to custody, property and support.
At The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C, we have over fifty years of combined experience handling contested divorces. We help individuals understand their rights with regard to all issues, including child custody, child support, spousal support and division of property. We do all required discovery, draft marital settlement agreements and try your case before the judge if we cannot reach a settlement. We have handled hundreds of trials before family court judges; if you choose The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C., you will have the benefit of an attorney unafraid to go to court, advocate on your behalf and fully present your case.
Our Top Contested Divorce Blog Posts
To Spy Or Not To Spy – Help Me! – In contested divorce with custody of the children or distribution of millions of dollars at stake, the temptation to “dig up dirt” can be strong.
What Stays Private in a Divorce? – Can a party protect against public disclosure in divorce?
Is Court Ever a Good Option in Divorce? – One of the most common questions attorneys receive is whether or not their case will go to trial. We explore the topic and what to expect in divorce.
Time to Act
Time is of the essence. As soon as you select The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C. to represent you, we will immediately put our considerable experience and resources to work on your case. The sooner we can review the necessary information, the sooner we can formulate a strategy for your unique circumstances, helping to insure the best possible outcome.
Your future is at stake. Make the right call and contact us today at (314) 993-6300. There is no charge for the initial consultation – and the only obligation you have is the one you have to yourself to gain the best representation possible.
Contact The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C.
For a free initial consultation with an experienced St. Louis divorce attorney, contact us – call our office at 314-993-6300. We will set up a telephone consultation, if necessary, and will meet with you on Saturday upon request. Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express are welcome.