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Contested Divorce in Brooklyn

When there are issues in a divorce that a couple can’t resolve, the proceedings are described as a “contested divorce.”

Unresolved issues may include child custody, disposition of assets, disagreement about support or alimony, or any of the other issues that may arise when two people choose to dissolve a family.

One of the unfortunate realities of contested divorce is that they are extremely expensive. Because the court is helping the parties negotiate impasses, hearings are scheduled, a judge has to issue rulings, and those costs are passed on to the litigants.

In the best of cases, divorce in Brooklyn is a draining experience, both emotionally and financially. In a contested situation, those stresses can go off the charts, and the animosity at the heart of one unresolvable issue may spill over into other issues, causing things to spiral out of control.

If there’s one piece of advice that the attorneys at Zelenitz, Shapiro & D’Agostino could give all of our Brooklyn divorce clients, it’s to try as hard you can to negotiate your issues with your ex and avoid a contested divorce.

But if those problems simply won’t resolve – or your spouse won’t negotiate terms with you – we can help.

We’ve handled hundreds of divorce cases in Brooklyn, and we know that the key to any divorce is ensuring that our client comes through the process in a good place to start fresh.

That means that we fight for our clients’ financial stability, the custodial role they want in their kids’ lives, control of the assets that matter to them, and a fair share of common property like homes, vehicles, retirement accounts, and more.

Contested divorces often become the classic “nasty divorce” scenario, where a spouse intentionally drags their feet to slow down proceedings and raise the costs uncomfortably high for the other party.

When we see potential for this, we do everything in our power to head that off and we make sure the court understands the dynamics in play. We can’t guarantee a smooth divorce, but it’s our experience that our clients simply do better when agreements can be reached and things are kept on an even keel.

Ultimately, if you and your ex can’t agree to a solution, you’ll have a divorce trial and a judge will decide the terms of your divorce for you – and it may not be what either spouse was hoping for.

The best thing to do at the outset of the divorce process is call the attorneys at Zelenitz, Shapiro & D’Agostino at 718-725-9601 for a free consultation.

We are Brooklyn’s experienced Family Law and Divorce Attorneys, and we’ve helped hundreds of clients through this difficult, exhausting, and financially draining time. You don’t have to go through the divorce process alone. We can help.

Call Zelenitz, Shapiro & D’Agostino today at 718-725-9601.