Shakespeare said, “Agree. For the law is costly.” And he was right. Contested divorces can be the most expensive type of case in Family Law. This is not only in terms of the financial costs, but also in the precious intangibles. You may pay dearly for the lost sleep, the worry, the stress, and the toll those things take on your body and your mind in turn. The more efficiently your legal team moves your case along from Original Petition to Final Decree of Divorce, the lower the costs in all those areas.
Simply stated, contested divorce means the parties who are divorcing do not agree on the terms of the divorce. Ideally, the parties will have exhausted every avenue to reach agreement before allowing a Judge to make those decisions for them in a trial.
If you cannot come to terms on the property division, the custody of the children, a visitation schedule, or even who the family pet will live with, you will have a contested divorce. At The Whitley Law Firm, we work closely with our clients to sort out the issues that matter most and work toward an amicable settlement.
If agreement is simply not possible, we will aggressively fight for your rights in court. We enjoy an excellent reputation in the San Antonio legal community, as well as with the Judiciary in Bexar County and other surrounding counties. We work diligently to keep our excellent reputation and that matters when it counts, in court. Although there are numerous reasons to settle your case and avoid the necessity of a trial, if you and your spouse cannot agree, you will have no other choice.
In Texas, you can go before either a Judge or a jury – even if children are involved – to have your differences settled. It is important to weigh the risks that come with choosing to go to trial for your case. Very personal decisions are being placed in the hands of total strangers.
Preparing your case to go to trial requires a lot of work, which can become very expensive, very quickly. At The Whitley Law Firm, you will be asked to participate in the process as it unfolds. Preparation may take weeks. Your contribution is a way for you to stay informed and to keep costs down. Trials may take anywhere from a few hours to a few days. For all these reasons, we will work hard to settle your case. However, in the absence of an agreement, we are always exquisitely prepared and ready to win your contested divorce case at trial.