Finding Fast, Positive Solutions To Difficult Divorces
Finding solutions to a contested divorce usually requires legal counsel for one or both spouses. At Nelson, Krueger & Millenbach, LLC, our attorneys help clients push through despite objections and disagreements to the terms of their divorces.
From our two convenient locations in Milwaukee and Waukesha, we protect your rights in a contested divorce. The priority of our divorce attorneys is to finalize your divorce as quickly as possible so you can move forward with your life.
What To Know About Contested Divorce
Many people who hear the term contested divorce mistakenly think it refers to spouses who disagree on whether to get a divorce. However, no-fault divorce laws in Wisconsin have already settled that question. A no-fault state means neither spouse must prove that the other has done anything wrong. The court may grant a divorce if just one spouse believes that the marriage has irretrievably broken. Even if you do not want a divorce and your spouse does, or vice versa, the divorce can move forward. You must still determine the following issues:
- Asset and debt division
- Spousal maintenance (alimony)
- Child support
- Child custody and visitation
If you and your spouse agree on how to resolve these issues, your divorce is uncontested. It may proceed smoothly as long as a family court judge approves your agreements. If you do not agree, your divorce is contested.
How Long Does A Contested Divorce Take?
In Wisconsin, you must wait a minimum of 120 days to finalize your divorce. The time it takes to complete your contested divorce will depend on factors such as:
- How strongly you and your spouse disagree on financial and/or child custody and support
- The complexity of your marital estate
- How difficult it is to arrive at a settlement
A lengthy divorce is often very expensive. Finding alternative methods of divorce may be the best thing you can do instead of going through painful and expensive litigation.
Helping You Find Amicable Solutions
You may resolve the contested elements of your divorce through settlement negotiations, mediation or litigation. A courtroom battle is rarely in anyone’s best interests, even in the case of a high-asset divorce. Most people hope to avoid arguing about marital problems, private family finances and parent-child bonds in a public courtroom. If you are interested in alternative methods of divorce, our family lawyers can assist you with mediation, collaborative law or pretrial negotiations.