Contested Divorce

According to the Marshall & Taylor PLLC, law firm, deciding, as a married couple, to go your separate ways can be an enormously difficult decision, even in the best of circumstances. Not only is this a particularly emotional time, but the choices that you and your partner make about how to end the relationship can have enormous consequences for both your own lives and the lives of any children you may have. Issues such as child custody, visitation rights, and spousal support can all significantly impact the future of divorcing partners.

This is especially true for spouses who choose to end their union through contested divorce. Though a rarer form of divorce, for those who file for a contested divorce, there is no telling how difficult and frustrating it can be. Having to deal with disagreements can take an emotional and financial toll on both parties.

There are times, however, when divorce becomes the only option to end a troubled marriage and set one’s life back on the track. The mention of it, though, still ushers in different emotions, like worry, tension, fear, guilt or feeling of failing to be a good spouse, and uncertainty of what will become of tomorrow.

Contested divorce is a complicated legal process, besides being a demoralizing, painful and emotionally-draining experience. Not to forget, of course, a costly court proceedings that can be witnessed by anyone, which can drag on for many months and wherein all final and legally binding decisions will be made by the family court judge hearing the case.

While it requires only one party to get a divorce case going, the consent of both divorcing spouses are required in order to settle all issues that will be affected by the termination of their marriage. Issues which include child custody and visitation rights, child support, alimony or spousal support, and division of property, assets and debts. The length of a divorce case is directly affected by how fast or how long before spouses reach an agreement regarding these issues; thus, the longer the spouses refuse to come to terms, the longer (and the more expensive) their divorce case will.

This is the reason why some divorce cases end up in court, left for a judge to settle – simply because the spouses cannot reach an agreement. While each spouse has rights to fight for and interests to protect, thus their disagreement on various related issues, they should also understand that disputes will only make their divorce case much longer and more painful to bear.


Providing children’s basic needs as a single parent

Aside from love and affection, parents should provide the basic needs of their children to have a normal life. Such basic needs like education, medical, food, shelter, and other expenses should still be provided to children even their parents are already divorced.

Unfortunately, a single parent who had been given legal custody of his or her children, experience hardships in providing the everyday expenses needed to raise their children. Factors like low income, loss of employment, and economic changes may affect the capability of a parent to provide the basic needs of children. In some situations single parents greatly suffer from financial loss if the child they are raising has a serious medical condition.

Every child should be nourished with a balanced diet for them to grow up strong and healthy. A child may grow up with personal insecurities if they are deprived of healthy foods. Parents should also make sure that their children are getting regular medical checkups to possibly detect illnesses or any medical conditions.

In California, individuals who have been given custody of their children may seek child support to their former partners. According to the Law Offices of Baden V. Mansfield, child support is an arrangement intended to make sure that financial needs of children are being provided by custodial or non-custodial parents based on their earning capacity.

The law requires parents to provide financial support to cover medical and other living expenses of their children. After a divorce or legal separation papers are filed, any of the two parties may request the judge to get child support from their former partners. It is important to note that parents seeking child support should first have an ongoing case related to family law or with their “local child support agency” (LCSA) for them to obtain order from the court.