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Richmond Contested Divorce Lawyer

The Contested Divorce Process

A divorce begins with the petitioner (the person who initiates the divorce) having two legal documents, the Summons and the Petition served (delivered by hand) to the Respondent (the person who has received service of the documents). The Respondent has 30 days to respond. It is at the point that you need legal advice from a Richmond divorce attorney who can explain the process, your rights and the law, and assist you to protect your and the family's interests.

Contested Divorce Lawyer in Richmond

In a contested divorce the Respondent may contest the divorce action, or the two parties may not be able to agree on issues regarding marital and non-marital property, property division, alimony, child support, or child custody and visitation. Independent professionals can be called upon to perform appraisals, and determine values. To further assist to resolve issues the court may order mediation known as Early Neutral Evaluation. In most cases all disputes are resolved at some point during these steps and agreement is achieved. Once there is full agreement your family law lawyer will draft a "Stipulated Findings of Fact, Conclusion of Law, Order for Judgment and Judgment and Decree which will be signed by the court.

In the event that agreement on one or more issues is not reached, you need to know that your legal counsel is a skilled litigator and has the expertise needed in fighting for your rights or those of the children at trial. Our legal team is here to guide and help you through a process which can easily become overwhelming. We understand that your future may be greatly affected by the outcome. A knowledgeable divorce attorney at our firm is determined to ensure your side of the issue is clearly presented to the court through careful documentation and the use of expert testimony as needed. To discuss your concerns call Jamie Zand & Associates, PLLC today.

For help with a contested divorce, contact a Richmond divorce attorney at our firm who will listen carefully and provide sound advice.