Contested Divorce Lawyer in Nassau County
Work With A Reputable Divorce Attorney
In the course of selecting an attorney to represent you in a contested
divorce case, you need to make sure you hire a legal professional who
can maximize your assets and minimize stress throughout your divorce proceedings.
Nassau County divorce lawyer from
Jason M. Barbara & Associates, P.C. will look for creative ways to create workable solutions in your marital
dissolution, allowing you walk away from your contested divorce with everything
to which you are entitled.
What Are the Elements of a Contested Divorce?
Any number of factors could be the cause of a highly contested divorce.
Some of these include:
While all of these factors have the potential to be agreed upon outside
of the courtroom, sometimes contested divorce proceedings are necessary.
If you and your spouse are alienated from one another and cannot come
to an agreement regarding the components listed above, a contested divorce
lawyer from our office should be contacted for help.
We can be reached at (516) 406-8381.
Process of a Contested Divorce
Even though every contested divorce case is different, most of them follow
a similar process. For example, when a spouse decides they wish to divorce
their spouse, they are known as the plaintiff. The plaintiff purchases
an index number from the county clerk and files a summons with notice.
The process server then serves the summons with notice or a summons and
complaint to the other spouse, who is referred to as the defendant.
Upon receiving said notice, the defendant must do the following:
- Respond to the notice within 20 days if they are served within the State
of New York
- Respond to the notice within 30 days if they are served in another state
- Retain an attorney who can provide the plaintiff's attorney a notice
- Request a copy of the complaint if one is not delivered with a summons
The divorcing couple will then appear before a judge for the preliminary
conference. At said conference, the attorneys representing both the plaintiff
and the defendant must discuss the issues of the divorce. If the parties
agree about any of the issues, said issue will be marked as resolved.
The rest of the divorce proceedings will then focus on the issues the
couple cannot agree upon. At the end of the conference, the judge may
issue a PC order, which includes identification of all issues being disputed
and a timetable for the exchange of financial information. If the divorce
is not settled during the preliminary conference, another hearing is scheduled.
This hearing is referred to as the compliance conference. The point of
this conference is for the judge to determine if the issued PC order was
followed. The judge may also discuss a settlement with the divorcing couples'
attorneys. If the couple cannot reach a settlement, a trial will be scheduled.
After hearing the couples' testimonies at trial, the judge will determine
the best settlement for their divorce case.
Depending on how willing a couple is to settle their divorce proceedings,
a divorce can take anywhere from six months to two years. To ensure your
case goes as quickly and smoothly as possible, please hire the Nassau
divorce attorney from our firm today!
Contact Us For A Free Consultation!
Only an experienced Nassau County divorce lawyer should be
trusted to represent you in your contested divorce case. With 20 years of experience on our side,
at Jason M. Barbara & Associates, P.C., we can anticipate potential
areas of disagreement between you and your spouse and then offer our counsel
on how to effectively address the conflicts at hand.
Especially when children are involved, you will want to come to an agreement
regarding the future co-parenting with as little additional "drama"
Contact our firm today for the support you need.