Portland Contested Divorce Lawyer
At the Schultz Family Law Firm, we know that a divorce is one of life’s most difficult experiences. And this is never more true than during a contested divorce – one for which there is no agreement between the two spouses on one or more important areas of cooperation. Perhaps your spouse is refusing to agree to a divorce at all; or more likely, there is contention about how to split assets or share custody. Whatever the case may be, you need an experienced Portland contested divorce lawyer who can be your staunch representative in court and help you craft the best possible future for yourself and your dependents.
What Is A Contested Divorce?
A contested divorce is any in which you and your spouse cannot come to an agreement on any issue. It is not enough to simply agree to divorce – you must also agree on all of the following:
How to divide debt
How to divide cash and liquid assets
How to divide real estate and other non-liquid assets
How to divide retirement funds
How to share custody (if there are children from the marriage)
How child support will be handled (if any)
How alimony will be handled (if any)
If there is disagreement about any of these things, the first course of action is to hire an experienced Portland contested divorce attorney to see if mediation can help you come to an agreement and keep your divorce out of the courts. But if this is not possible, then you will need a strong advocate to represent you in family court and help you fight for a fair settlement for yourself and your children.
How Schultz Family Law Can Help You
With over 20 years of divorce law experience and a passion for helping families, Susan Schultz is both an aggressive defender inside the courtroom and a wealth of knowledge outside of it. If you’re contemplating a divorce or have received divorce papers, call immediately to get a dedicated defender on your side.
Some of the things we do for you include:
Helping you file or respond to a summons
Divorce involves myriad forms – all with varying degrees of legalese and all with strict deadlines. I help you determine which of the many forms you need to file, contingent on your unique situation, explain all the legal jargon, and help you craft the best answers possible to both expedite the process and give you a strong foundation during the litigation phase. In addition, I keep track of all the deadlines and make sure everything is filed on-time and with the correct court to keep you on track.
Preparing your defense
A contested divorce is much like any other court case. You will need a strong, persuasive argument, evidence to support your claims, and counter-arguments or conflicting evidence to counter your spouse’s claims. With over 20 years of experience as a contested divorce lawyer, I have the legal knowledge and experience to help you achieve the best-case scenario for your future life through rigorous evidence discovery and argument crafting.
Navigating complex financial challenges
My former career as a certified public accountant and tax specialist has given me a marked advantage in navigating complex financial situations in a divorce. Whether you have a high-asset divorce, are a small business owner, or have an otherwise challenging legal or tax situation that exists or may exist because of your divorce, I help you identify areas of potential danger and mitigate the damage before it occurs.
Representing you in court
Abraham Lincoln – one of America’s most famous attorneys – rightly said, “He who represents himself has a fool for a client.” While representing oneself in court may seem financially advantageous, it is nevertheless very hazardous for the outcome of your divorce. A contested divorce is a complex legal process, requiring an intimate knowledge of Maine law, court processes, and evidence discovery, and argumentation. I help you achieve the best-case scenario in your divorce by bringing decades of knowledge and experience to bear in the courtroom. My primary objective is to make sure you and your family achieve an optimal result and I’ll never be satisfied until I achieve that objective.
Call Schultz Family Law For The Best Portland Contested Divorce Representation
Whether you’ve initiated the divorce or have received the summons, a contested divorce is an emotionally and legally challenging process. But with the right Portland contested divorce lawyer, the process can be much smoother. I’m dedicated to helping you set the stage for your best life going forward. Before you begin the divorce process, give me a call at (207) 210-6555 or contact me here.
I promise it’s a decision you’ll never regret.