Every year, thousands of Massachusetts couples make the difficult decision to get a divorce. While some divorces can be a seamless transition into a new life for both partners, some divorces can be contested. Divorce settlements are routinely complicated by issues such as child custody, alimony, and division of property.
If you believe that your former spouse is likely to contest you on any number of issues, it is important to be prepared. Most importantly, it is critical to partner with a legal representative that is eager to fight for your best interest.
Potential Contentious Issues
While no divorce is the same, there are a number of issues of contention that are commonly fought for during a divorce settlement. Listed below are a few issues that may arise during your divorce:
- Financial Disclosure: It is critically important to share the details of your financial situation with your divorce attorney so that you can develop a proper divorce strategy that protects your financial future. Once you and your attorney have discussed the details of your financial situation, you can begin to plan for settlement with your former spouse.
It is also important to ensure that you and your former spouse have the same knowledge of your assets and potential debts. Being honest with yourself and your attorney about your finances is the first step to making sure it is a healthy one in the future.
- Fighting for Child Custody: If you and your spouse are both fighting for sole custody of your children, it is important to know what steps you can take for their well-being. The best option may be to request a Guardian Ad Litem. A Guardian Ad Litem is a court-appointed attorney, brought in to speak with the children and collateral witnesses. If you believe your former-spouse is not telling the whole truth, a Guardian Ad Litem can bring light to the situation.
- Be Emotionally Prepared: In a contested divorce, it is likely that your former-spouse will not portray you in an accurate manner. Be prepared to hear disparaging remarks from the person you are separating from. Make sure you have a support system of friends and family there to emotionally support you in this difficult time.
Should you be in the midst of a divorce or contemplating divorce, contact the Law Offices of Renee Lazar at 978-844-4095 to schedule a FREE one hour no obligation consultation.