Getting a divorce can be emotionally and financially draining even when both spouses are cooperative and interested in an amicable resolution. The process can be even more difficult in high-conflict cases. Litigation may be necessary to resolve certain disputed issues when an agreement cannot be reached.
Perhaps your spouse is being unreasonable and refusing to negotiate, or perhaps there is legitimate disagreement over who should keep certain marital assets. When divorce becomes a contentious battle rather than a collaborative process, it is especially important that you seek out strong legal counsel to advocate for you.
Options to Consider During Contentious Divorce Cases
You may feel as if your options are limited, but you could have more tools available than you think. When you are facing a high level of conflict during divorce, here are a few things to consider:
Litigation - Many people fear divorce litigation. However, sometimes contesting the divorce and going to court is the best way to protect yourself. If your spouse refuses to negotiate in good faith, is making unreasonable demands, or seems incapable of compromise, litigation may be your only real option. Working with an experienced attorney can help alleviate some of the stress you may be feeling if you anticipate litigation related to your divorce.
Mediation - Even if you and your spouse cannot stand each other, negotiating a divorce settlement through mediation or attorney-facilitated communication may still be possible. Your spouse likely wants to avoid litigation as much as you do and could be willing to reach a compromise just to avoid it. A qualified mediator can often help spouses ultimately arrive at an agreement, even if there is a lot of conflict between them. Pursuing a settlement agreement may at least be worth a try.
Protection orders - If the conflict has risen to the level where your spouse is a danger to you or your children, you may want to consider seeking a protection order. A protection order can keep your spouse away from you, your home, and your children while you work on resolving the divorce case.
Temporary orders - A court can issue a number of temporary orders while a divorce is being finalized. You may need a temporary order for child or spousal support to keep you financially above water while your divorce is in progress, or the judge may need to decide who will have physical custody of minor children in the short term if parents cannot agree on a temporary schedule.
Call a Douglas County Divorce Attorney
If you are dealing with a high-conflict divorce, Pesch Law Office, P.C. is here for you. Our experienced Denver divorce lawyers will seek to resolve your divorce amicably if possible, but are well-equipped to litigate on your behalf if necessary. Call us to arrange a confidential consultation.