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Why Contested Divorce is the Right Procedure for some Couples

Five years! This was how long one divorce case lasted before the court, where it was filed, was finally able to make a decision. Not only that, but that same divorce case was also handled by four different judges, involved six different divorce attorneys and costed about $400,000.00. It was bitter and hostile and, maybe the saddest part, is it could have ended much sooner had the wife accepted her former husband’s offer of $5,400 monthly support, half of everything in their million-dollar home plus $50,000 cash more. Clearly she refused the offer simply because her lawyer (whose fees, by the way, were paid by the husband too) told her to decline, saying that she can have more. Her refusal to accept monetary offer was to her loss, however, because the court, in the end, ruled only a $1,500 monthly alimony; but since custody of the children was awarded to the husband (due to her drinking problem), she had to pay the husband 525 a month in child support. Worse (for her), all still unpaid legal fees (for her attorney and forensic accountant) will have to be shouldered by her. In the event of divorce, there are a handful of other issues that spouses need to settle; child custody and visitation rights, child support, alimony or spousal support, and division of property, assets and debts. Texas courts, specifically, according to the Texas Family Code, usually encourage spouses to first settle these issues between themselves peacefully and amicably; however, there are just divorce cases where spouses cannot reach an agreement and rather choose to argue against each other. It is divorce cases like these that end up in a court, where all final decisions are made by the presiding judge. A court-litigated divorce, called Contested Divorce, is the traditional way of settling divorce cases. It is usually a tough, emotional,...
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