What to expect in litigation

  • Laurie advocates for what is important to you.
  • Laurie can file restraining orders at the start of litigation to protect your assets.
  • Temporary support can be ordered once litigation commences.
  • Temporary parenting plans are implemented.
  • A judge or magistrate will rule on all unresolved issues.
  • The adversarial process can create tension.

Benefits of litigation

  • Restraining orders can be obtained to protect against the wrongful sale of assets or liquidation of accounts.
  • Orders issued for temporary support.
  • Orders issued for temporary parenting plans.
  • When spouses do not cooperate in sharing financial information, litigation allows Laurie to subpoena important records.

Is litigation right for you?

  • Litigation is the only method to obtain restraining orders to protect your assets, so you need to litigate if you need restraining orders.
  • If your spouse refuses to cooperate in obtaining a divorce, litigation may be your only option.
  • If your spouse is not providing you with financial records, the litigation process allows Laurie to file subpoenas to obtain the information.
  • May be necessary when domestic violence, abuse, or mental disorders are present.
  • Litigation is an adversarial process; it can increase hostility and tension, and weaken parenting relationships.

The divorce file is public record. Information filed regarding income, expenses, assets, and values of businesses are all accessible to anyone who is willing to go to the courthouse to review your file. If you have sensitive information, you may want to consider collaborative law or mediation.