Contested Divorce in Dothan
Dothan contested divorce attorneys trying cases at the Houston County Court, Henry County courthouse, Dale County courthouse, and all other courthouses in Southeast Alabama
“Contested divorces” occur when spouses cannot agree on all aspects of their separation. Contested divorces require both parties having their own attorney represent them, unless they make the unwise move of trying to act as their own attorney. If your spouse has an attorney, you should too. They are not looking out for your best interest, so you should hire a professional that has the experience to protect you.
Commonly contested items include:
- Alimony payments;
- Property division;
- Custody of the minor children;
- Visitation schedules with the minor children; and
- Child support payments.
Contested divorces typically include filing complicated legal documents with the attorneys trying to protect the rights of their client. They include complex discovery Interrogatories, Requests for Admission, and Request for Production are requested. Your answers to these questions will have a direct impact on your case, and should not be disregarded.
Most divorces include depositions where the parties have to sit for questions by the other attorney. The depositions are recorded and transcribed, and your answers can be used against you later when you appear in court. It would not be wise to attempt to answer this discovery without an experienced divorce attorney that knows the ropes.
When discovery is finalized, the case goes to trial. No jury is involved, and the decision is made by the Circuit Judge assigned to your case. Prior to trial, mediation is often ordered in an attempt to settle the case before trial. However, if mediation fails, the trial will proceed.
During trial, the lawyers call witnesses, including their divorce clients. Divorce lawyers make objections to inadmissible information sought to be introduced by the opposing party. They also argue on behalf of their client and request a disposition favorable to the client. Judges usually enter the final order days or even weeks after the trial is complete after they have had time to consider all evidence.
Divorces are highly contested, and you should only go through a contested divorce with the assistance of a competent divorce attorney. If going through a divorce in the Dothan area contact divorce litigators at Parkman White, LLP to discuss your case at 334-792-1900.