Dissolution of Marriage (Contested Divorce)

When one party files for divorce and the conditions are not yet in place for obtaining a mutually agreed upon settlement, then the case will proceed on the footing of litigation and move toward filing actions for temporary orders on issues such as child custody, child support, spousal support, or any type of relief that may be necessary for purposes of protecting community property claims of interest in retirement and/or investment accounts, requesting the sale of real property, or preventing the sale of assets, by placing the court on notice that valuations or appraisals are required before an asset may be divided.

 

There are many reasons why cases may require the litigation track, this would be referred to as a Contested Divorce, where the issues pending are in dispute between the parties, and the case is not quite ready for combined efforts of reaching a global settlement agreement.