If you’re like most people going into a marriage, you never thought that you’d be getting a divorce. Not many people enter a marriage with the intention of later exiting it. The process of getting a divorce is stressful, emotional, and draining. You probably want the process to be handled in the fastest, easiest way possible. You probably don’t want to go to court.
However, although rare, some divorce cases do go to court. The reasons they go to court will vary, but the end result is the same—a stressful trial in which your life and happiness are put in the hands of a judge or jury. You might also be intimidating just by the thought of going to court, regardless of the outcome.
You aren’t alone if you are fearful of this process, but learning more could make you a little less anxious. Read on to learn more about what to expect if a divorce case goes to trial.
First, you need to know what could cause a divorce case to go to trial. You might be able to avoid going to trial if you know what to watch out for. Divorce can be handled outside of court if both parties agree to all of the legal issues that typically lead to trials.
If you and your spouse can work out issues of child custody, asset and debt division, and spousal support out of the courtroom, then you won’t need to go to trial. If you’re having a difficult time working these issues out on your own, try getting a lawyer to help you.
Your lawyer can help you to see all solutions, including some you might not have thought of. They can also help you with mediation if you decide that might be a good option for you. The only time you will need to go to trial is if you and your ex still aren’t able to work out your differences.
The divorce trial process is much like other types of court cases. Each side gets to have an opening statement and each side gets to present witnesses and evidence. Cross-examination could take place. The intent of the evidence is to prove what you want out of the divorce.
For instance, if you’re trying to get more custody, you will want to show evidence of why you are the right parent to care for the children and the other parent isn’t. If it’s spousal support you’re after, you want to show financial documentation and other evidence that proves you’re owed support.
The trial process can be intimidating, but it’s far less so when you have an attorney on your team. You might even be able to avoid court entirely. Call The Law Office of Laurence J. Brock to discuss your divorce case with an experienced, compassionate attorney. Dial 909-466-7661 or fill out the online contact form at the bottom of this web page.