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3 signs you should take your divorce case to a courtroom

On Behalf of | Apr 4, 2024 | Divorce |

Divorce is a complex and emotionally charged process. Ideally, both spouses can navigate the separation with respect and cooperation, reaching a fair agreement on property division, child custody (if applicable) and spousal support.

This is often achieved through mediation or collaborative divorce, where a neutral third party facilitates communication and negotiation. However, there are situations where these methods simply aren’t feasible, and taking a case to court becomes necessary.

Unreasonable demands or lack of transparency

A divorce settlement should be a fair and balanced division of assets and liabilities. Suppose your spouse is making unrealistic demands for a significantly larger share of marital property or refuses to disclose financial information critical to the process. In that case, a judge’s intervention can help ensure a more equitable outcome. For instance, if your spouse owns a business, hiding financial records related to its value makes fair valuation for property division nearly impossible. In court, a judge can compel disclosure of such information.

High conflict and difficulty communicating

Divorce can dredge up significant emotional baggage, leading to hostility and communication breakdowns between spouses. If attempts at civil discussion consistently devolve into arguments, making it impossible to reach any agreement, a judge can provide a more structured setting for negotiations.

Mediation relies on open communication, and its success hinges on both parties’ willingness to listen and compromise. When that’s absent, a judge can act as a mediator, setting deadlines and enforcing communication protocols to keep the process moving forward.

Child custody disputes and complex parenting arrangements

When children are involved, divorce becomes even more intricate. Decisions regarding custody, parenting time schedules and child support require careful consideration of the children’s well-being. If you and your spouse cannot agree on a parenting plan that prioritizes the children’s needs, or if there are extenuating circumstances (domestic violence, substance abuse) that require court intervention to protect the children, a judge can make these crucial determinations. Custody agreements established in court are legally binding, offering greater stability and protection for the children.

While going to court can be stressful and expensive, it’s sometimes the only way to achieve a fair and secure outcome during a high-conflict divorce. Consulting with a qualified legal team may be essential if you see these signs in your divorce situation. They can help you understand your legal rights, represent you in court and advocate for your best interests throughout the process.

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