Simply because divorce petitions are filed in family court does not necessarily mean that the court will play a major role in your divorce case. Some couples are able to resolve their divorce with minimal court involvement. On the other hand, in some cases, the court has to intervene and make important decisions in a divorce that can affect the lives of the spouses for years to come.
Before judges will grant a divorce, they will require that all major issues are settled, including:
There are two main paths that a divorce case can take. First, if the couples work together and are able to agree on all issues, they will simply have their attorneys draft their agreements and submit them to the court for approval. If the court deems the agreements to be fair and reasonable given the specific situation, it can approve them and issue the final order for divorce, integrating the agreements into the court order.
If spouses absolutely cannot agree on any issue, the judge will have to settle the matter for them. In this situation, the spouses will go into court for a trial, in which they each present arguments and evidence to support their wishes in the matter. The judge will review and weigh all the evidence and will decide the matter for the couple. This can be risky because there is always a chance the court will not rule in your favor. In addition, court hearings take additional time and cost more than reaching an agreement out of court.
There are many ways to avoid going to trial over issues in your divorce case. Our Stamford divorce lawyers at the Law Offices of Piazza, Simmons & Grant, L.L.C. can explore every option to save you time, stress, and money by resolving your divorce outside of court. However, if going to trial is necessary to protect your best interests, we are prepared to zealously represent you in front of the judge. If you are getting divorced, please call our office at 203-348-2465 today.