How to handle a contested divorce

On behalf of South Tampa Law Group posted in divorce on Thursday, March 3, 2016.

If a Florida couple decides to end their marriage, they may be able to settle some of the matters such as asset division and custody through negotiations. However, if an agreement cannot be reached, the proceedings might end up in a courtroom. This can be the case even if there is only one area of disagreement.

When people finds that their divorce is going to end up being litigated, it is important that they act in a professional manner. This can be difficult because of the emotions that they are liable to be going through, but in most cases, there is no benefit to acting angry, hurt or upset in front of a judge.

Parents should also leave their children at home unless the judge has ordered them to be present. Children are likely to be upset and afraid when they are in a courtroom and watching their parents argue, especially if it involves custody or child support. It’s also a good idea for people to remember that, even if a court date is set, the divorce may still be resolved outside of the courtroom. In some cases, judges will order a divorcing couple to go through mediation or try to come to an agreement one last time before a trial.

When a divorce is being heard in the courtroom, it is important that the parties understand how the law looks at matters and determines them. If a couple is unable to come to an accord through mediation or negotiations, their respective attorneys will remind them that state law will largely determine how matters such as asset division are decided when a divorce goes to trial.