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Traditional Divorce

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What Is a Traditional Divorce?

The traditional method of divorce is the litigation or “versus” method of divorce.  Both parties retain lawyers who will provide legal advice to his or her client and advocate the position of their client in negotiations and court hearings.  Negotiation occurs in the context of the legal adversarial system, and the parties and lawyers retain the option of turning to the court as a decision maker if a resolution cannot be reached by the parties on all issues.  The parties generally communicate through their attorneys regarding their positions, proposals and counter-proposals.  Most negotiations occur within the confines of statutory and case law precedent and legal formulas and against the backdrop of court intervention.

What is The Traditional Divorce Process Like?

The lawyer negotiations/litigation process may involve the use of formal legal procedures, known as “discovery” to obtain financial and other relevant information.  Discovery may include the use of depositions (a formal taking of testimony outside of the courtroom in the presence of a court reporter), interrogatories (answering lists of questions in writing under oath), and the subpoenaing of documents or other materials believed to be relevant to the issues. Further, each party may hire experts to support their positions. In some jurisdictions in cases with child custody or placement issues, the court will appoint a “Guardian ad Litem” (a lawyer) to represent and recommend to the court what is in the best interests of any minor child. Ultimately, if agreements are not reached, parties and other witnesses testify before a judge, who makes a ruling on each disputed issue. If either party is dissatisfied with the final court decision, they have the right to ask the court to reconsider its decision and to take an appeal of the final ruling to a higher court. Most litigation cases are eventually settled. Over 98% of all divorces cases are resolved short of trial. Unfortunately, settlement often occurs after substantial time, money and emotions have been spent in the legal conflict. Further, one or both parties may be dissatisfied with the court outcome, and they are then likely to appeal the judgment or return to court in the future to argue for modification of specific orders. In cases involving custody and placement of children, or payment of child or spousal support, parties frequently return to court after the initial determination to seek modification of those terms in ongoing post-judgment litigation.

At Kaehne, Cottle, Pasquale & Associates, S.C., we strive to meet the needs of our clients while keeping the costs down as much as possible. Contact Us for your free telephone or in-person initial consultation to speak with our divorce/family law attorneys about your legal matters.

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Beyond Expectations

My husband had never been in any legal trouble before and we didn’t know what to do or what the process was. Attorney Kaehne was very upfront and willing to explain every step of the way. My husband can be very skeptical when it comes to trusting people with his best interest, but Attorney Kaehne always remained professional and helpful. My husband was facing the possibility of years in prison and Attorney Kaehne was able to get the matter dismissed. He will always be our first choice!

The Outcome was Far Better than I Expected

Attorney Kaehne always communicated with me on what was going on and his plans for future court appearances. The outcome of the case was far more better than I expected and am really pleased that Chad did what he did to get this issue resolved.

Treated like Family

Amazing people as well as amazing attorneys. I was always treated like family.

Not Guilty Verdict

Attorney Corey Mehlos gave my case the upmost attention. He worked very hard and many long hours on it. I was impressed with his dedication and his understanding to my wishes. Not Guilty verdict at my jury trial. I highly recommend him.

In Good Hands

One of the best things about this firm is that they are truly advocates for you in every sense of the word. They listen, affirm, and explain everything without all the jargon that can so often times come with anything regarding the legal cases. I felt supported and knew I was in good hands.

Getting Responses at 9:00 pm at Night

The best lawyer you can hire for your case! Chad was extremely helpful and polite in answering all of my questions. I was even getting responses to my emails at 9 at night. He did a great job helping me get through the legal process. I recommend him to anyone needing a good lawyer.

Keen Sense of Justice and Honesty

Amaro is a very efficient attorney with extensive knowledge of the hispanic culture and language. He has a keen sense of justice and honesty. For the years I have know him he has proven to be a source of counsel. His clients will find his humble and cordial demeanor, appealing and refreshing. This is why I would recommend Amaro to everyone looking for legal advice.

Never Stops Working

An excellent attorney. Nicholas was very helpful with our case. He excelled at explaining complex legal concepts. Very accessible, we never had an issue getting an answer to a question. I don't think he stops working. Highly recommended.

Passion and Understanding for her Clients' Wishes

Attorney Cottle helped with my immigration case, she made the whole process much less stressful and you could tell she had a passion and understanding for her clients' wishes. Great experience, would highly recommend!

Available and Responsive to Needs of her Clients

Attorney Laborde shows professionalism in everything she does. She is a thorough lawyer who honestly cares about her clients and represents them to her full ability. She makes herself available and is responsive to the needs of her clients. I would certainly recommend her family law services!

Over-the-Top Attorney

From my experience, Attorney Kelsi Cottle has been an over-the-top attorney. She keeps me apprised of my case, has answered my questions, and treats me with respect. She has been very efficient, handles things expediently, and I feel I am represented by a very sharp attorney who has my best interest in mind.