© 2016 by Jerome L. Aaron, Attorney at Law, LLP. 



A divorce is "contested" if there is disagreement about the handling of even a single issue that needs to be addressed in a divorce. The most common issues required to be addressed are:


  • Child custody

  • Child support

  • Alimony

  • Health Insurance

  • College Education of children

  • Tax exemptions for children

  • Division of Property


A divorce may present one, two, three, or more contested issues. As the case progresses, hopefully one or more of the formerly contested issues will become the subject of an agreement, and therefore, "uncontested." That narrows the scope of the remaining case.


The most important things to know about a contested divorce proceeding:


  • It is expensive.


  • The more contested issues there are, the more expensive the proceedings tend to be; so if you can talk to your spouse and agree on some issues, you have saved yourself plenty of time, energy, and money.


  • It can be exhausting and take years;


  • It should never be undertaken to "teach anyone a lesson," to "take someone to the cleaners," or to "beat down" your spouse.


  • When a lawyer tells you he/she is going to "wipe out your spouse," "take your spouse to the cleaners," "leave your spouse with few assets," or the like, you should substitute the word, "you" for "your spouse".


  • Wait and see how much money you have left at the end of two or three years paying your lawyer between $200.00 and $500.00 per hour to teach your spouse a lesson. The joke may be on you.


  • Contested proceedings are very hurtful to children, who generally love both parents and think (correctly) that they are part of each spouse. Even if exquisite care is taken to shield children from the conflict, it is inevitable that they will suffer some psychological harm.




How much does a contested case cost? No one can generalize, but this is true:


"The total legal fee for a contested divorce is inversely proportional to the reasonableness of the parties."


In other words: The less reasonable each of the parties is, the higher the legal fees.




Contested divorce proceedings generally follow this path:

© 2016 by Jerome L. Aaron, Attorney at Law, LLP. 

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