Fort Walton Beach divorce lawyers represent clients in court in contested cases. The spouses cannot agree on one or more points of the divorce and both refuse to budge. With this ongoing stalemate, the only way to resolve it is to have a judge make decisions for them. The most common issues of dispute involve child custody, spousal support and property division.

Litigation

Getting a divorce can be emotionally traumatic, and this sometimes results in one or both of the spouses not thinking clearly and rationally. They may become firmly and stubbornly fixated on something they want, and they will not compromise. Going to court is risky because they could still lose and now they do not even have the opportunity to negotiate with the other person. In addition, litigation is significantly more expensive than sorting out the problem in mediation sessions.

Mediation

During mediation, a neutral third party guides the divorcing couple to an agreement. This might be a social worker, a psychologist or a family lawyer. The mediator may discuss possible compromises and the advantages of the various options. The spouses do not even have to be in the same room if their communications is repeatedly contentious. Sometimes just having a neutral party to speak with is extremely helpful.

Last-Minute Agreements

Sometimes, after mediation attempts fail and the court date looms, the two individuals realize they do not want this risk of a judge making important decisions about their lives. They manage to come to an agreement before the trial. Their lawyers can document the agreement in writing and present it to the judge in court for approval. The judge will approve as long as it follows state regulations regarding divorce.

Temporary Relief

While all of this is going on, one of the spouses may need to have a law firm such as ASG Legal file a motion for temporary relief. This is the person with whom the children reside, and paying for all the expenses is a hardship and unreasonable. The other parent will be required to pay child support, even though the divorce is not final. Temporary alimony may be required too, depending on the circumstances.