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When You Simply Can’t Agree: Why You May Need to Contest the Grounds or Terms of a Maryland Divorce

When your spouse is requesting a divorce, it can be tempting to just sign the papers and get it done. After all, why would you want to draw out this emotional, stressful situation?

Actually, there are a few very good reasons to contest a divorce in Maryland.

In an ideal world, you wouldn’t be going through a divorce, or at the very least, you could agree on the details of the divorce. Unfortunately, life isn’t always so easy. You may find you and your spouse disagreeing on everything, including either the grounds or terms of your divorce.

Contesting the Grounds of Divorce

In some cases, you and your spouse may not even agree on the reason for getting a divorce. This may not seem like a big deal, but if your spouse is filing for divorce based on a reason that makes you look bad in the eyes of the court, this can affect the terms of the divorce and your future livelihood.

You might want to contest a divorce if your spouse is wrongly accusing you of any of the following:

  • Abandonment
  • Abuse
  • Extramarital affair

If your spouse proves any of these reasons, it may give him or her an edge in getting a favorable divorce settlement — at your expense. When you’ve been wrongly accused, you have every right to contest the divorce and request a hearing to prove your case.

Contesting the Terms of a Divorce

Maybe you were able to agree on a mutual divorce, but now, as you look through the requests your spouse is making, the terms seem ridiculous. You may contest a divorce if you want to make sure you get a fair hearing in how the details of the divorce are determined. This can include:

  • Custody and visitation for the children
  • Division of property and other assets
  • Alimony or child support

If you believe your quality of life is in jeopardy due to the divorce settlement your spouse is requesting, then you should speak to an experienced Maryland divorce lawyer who can help protect your best interests. For more information call Nickelsporn & Lundin at 800-875-9700.


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