Saying goodbye to a marriage might have been a choice you made long before the final signature on your divorce decree. But not all divorces are an easy exit into a new and unattached life. Sometimes, the way out is filled with legal obstacles and flying debris of disagreement with the other party. In other words, you may be facing a trial divorce. It is the most contentious type of divorce to go through.
Trial divorces leave the gloves behind before stepping into the ring and fighting it out in the courtroom. It can be messy and it can be ugly. Therefore, preparation is key to managing the road ahead when journeying through a trial divorce.
Here are some things everyone should know when it comes to divorce trials:
It's a long process -Patience is one of your greatest assets when going through a trial divorce. It is often a long and difficult process, filled with detours and unexpected obstacles. From start to finish, there are many levels in the process. Some of the many steps involved include the following:
- Filing a complaint
- Summoned response
- Address complaint / counterclaim
- Discovery of documented information
- Legal motions
- Pre-trial meetings
- Court-ordered mediation
- Final judgement
- Divorce decree finalized
Documentation is everything -The nature of a trial divorce is unsettled disputes heard before a judge. Having a contrary argument necessitates the need for documentation if you want to retain credibility in court. Meticulous financial records and analysis will be summoned for examination when disputing areas of assets, alimony, child support, etc. It is vital to a trial divorce that you keep detailed documentation of everything that pertains to your dispute.
They are relatively uncommon - Most people and legal teams would rather avoid the arduous court battle and reach agreeable settlements instead. The trial divorce process involves multiple steps before it goes to trial. When it goes to trial, this means there is no compromising between both parties and the court will have to decide the outcome on certain decisions.
Divorces of all kinds are not always easy to handle legally, emotionally, physically and mentally. It takes a great amount of patience to take it one step at a time. Eventually, you will reach the end of your legal process, but remember to work through any inner damage caused so that you can be ready for a more positive future afterwards.