As if choosing to end your marriage was not difficult enough, when your spouse is refusing to work with you through this trying time in your life, the divorce process can become all the more complicated.
Fortunately, the attorneys at Lisa Marie Vari & Associates, P.C. are more than prepared to stand by your side until your Pennsylvania divorce is finalized so that you are able to move forward with your life post-divorce. Below, we discuss the differences between a contested and an uncontested divorce and the issues that we will need to work through in order to expedite the divorce process.
The Difference between Contested and Uncontested Divorces
In an uncontested divorce, both spouses are able to resolve their disputes amicably so that the divorce is finalized much more quickly and be significantly more cost-effective. If you have found your way to this page, then chances are you are not in an uncontested divorce situation.
A contested divorce occurs when one spouse is making the entire divorce process far more difficult than it needs to be. If your spouse does not want to divorce, then they will likely disagree with you every step of the way in regard to the details of your divorce.
Unfortunately, if you are unable to resolve these issues on your own, then these decisions will be taken out of your hands and will be settled by the PA family court system.
Issues That Will Need to Be Resolved
There are many points that will need to be addressed before your divorce can be finalized, and in a contested divorce, you should expect your spouse to fight you on every detail.
First, you will need to try to work together to determine how your marital property, debts, and assets are going to be divided. This process is known as equitable distribution. If the courts need to step in, you can expect your marital assets and debts to be distributed equitably, not equally. Once this point is expressed to your spouse, perhaps they will become more reasonable in resolving this matter.
Once the equitable distribution process has been taken care of, we will move on to the determination of spousal support, if applicable. When one spouse earns less than the other, the lesser-earning spouse may be in need of financial assistance for a period of time until they are able to support themselves.
In a contested divorce, your spouse could be seeking an exorbitant amount of alimony or may be refusing to provide the funds you need to continue supporting your standard of living. In any case, your attorney will be prepared to ensure that you are not taken advantage of throughout the divorce process, no matter how long it takes to obtain your Pennsylvania divorce decree.
Reach Out to a PA Divorce Lawyer
Divorce is challenging enough without having to deal with a difficult spouse who refuses to let you move on with your life. You can work with a regarded PA divorce lawyer at Lisa Marie Vari & Associates, P.C. to help have your divorce finalized in a timely manner. Simply call our office at 1-844-VARI-LAW (827-4529) or complete our brief contact form to schedule your initial consultation today.