Serving Smith, Gregg, & Rusk Counties
If you are going through a contested divorce it is strongly recommended that you speak with a local divorce attorney in Tyler. Contested divorces tend to take longer to go through the court system however, you should speak with a qualified lawyer at the start of your divorce. In Texas a divorce must be on file with the court for at least 60 days. A highly contested divorce can average six months or more from start to finish. As a divorce lawyer in Tyler, I am familiar with the local courts’ procedures and deadlines. I handle both uncontested divorces and contested matters.
What is a Contested Divorce?
A contested divorce is when the two parties getting a divorce are not in agreement with at least one aspect of their divorce. This can be the division of property, child custody, visitation rights or schedule, spousal support, and a number of other things. Not all family law matters can be resolved with the use of settlement tactics like mediation. The fact is that some divorces must be heard in front of a judge, who will make a final decision on the outcome of the divorce. If you are involved in a contested divorce it is important to make sure that the family law attorney you choose to use has the experience and willingness to take your case to trial.
Using an Aggressive Family Law Attorney for Contested Divorces
Sometimes an aggressive approach is needed for a contested divorce. Your attorney should explain to you what legal actions can be taken in your case in order to help you have the best outcome possible. When I mention “aggressive approach” I am not only referring to the attorney’s knowledge and ability to handle your case, but more importantly, the attorney’s willingness to take your case to trial. I have had a number of cases go to trial and can assure you if that is what needs to be done on your case I will do everything in my power to achieve your desired results.
Meeting With A Tyler Family Law Attorney For Your Divorce
Before meeting with a divorce attorney you should prepare for the consultation. I tell all of my clients to write a list of any questions and concerns they have regarding their contested divorce. At the time of the consult, I will go over the divorce process in detail and give you useful resources for your case.
The Contested Divorce Process
- Initial consultation
- Employment contract signed and retainer fee paid
- A divorce petition and request for service filed with the court, and any temporary orders request
- Spouse served with citation, divorce petition, and any temporary orders
- Temporary Order hearing, if needed
- Discovery sent to the other party
- Settlement negiotionas, either informal or with the use of mediation.
Questions & Answers Regarding Contested Divorces
- How the property is divided
- How the debt is divided
- Child custody or visitation issues
- Alimony / Spousal Support amounts
- Child support amount
If you more questions please feel free to view my FAQ page or contact me.
Need A Consultation For A Contested Divorce?
I make it easy for clients to get to contact me. An often overlooked quality of a good divorce lawyer is their communication skills. Potential clients can:
All current clients have the capability to view documents, case status, send and receive messages through the online client portal.