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Preparing for a contested divorce

Not all Texas divorces involve courtroom battles, but people who suspect that their divorce might be headed that way should prepare themselves. If an estranged spouse is difficult from the beginning, it is a possibility that the conflict will continue, making negotiations impossible.

The best way to settle a divorce is out of court, but despite a spouse's best efforts, this doesn't always happen. When one spouse has substantial assets and the other one doesn't or when custody of children is an issue, a courtroom battle may be looming on the horizon. Preparation for a trial includes knowing what to expect in a family court, such as whether the divorce will be fast-tracked, which may happen if children are involved.

Discovery is an important part of the process when a divorce is headed for trial. This includes parties sharing information relevant to the disputed issues. If property division is a sticking point, the court may appoint appraisers. The end of a marriage can be emotional, but people should do their best to keep their feelings reined in when the trial starts. People should also keep their options open, recognizing their divorce might be able to be settled at any time during the trial.

Preparation also includes having the right attorney who is able to explain the procedure, who can outline the options for settling and who will be an advocate throughout the process. An attorney who is contentious or too aggressive may irritate the judge during the trial and possibly harm the person's chances for obtaining a favorable decision.

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