If your spouse refuses to cooperate with the divorce because he or she does not want a divorce, we can still help you get divorced. While your spouse not wanting to cooperate will change the process of the divorce, we can still help you. Your spouse may be spiteful and want to try and make the divorce process more difficult for you or he or she may hold certain religious beliefs that make it impossible for him or her to participate in the divorce process.
Merely refusing to cooperate will not prevent you from getting a contested divorce, so long as you have the right legal counsel with the necessary experience to help navigate the contested divorce process. First, we will file and then immediately serve your spouse with the summons and complaint. Then, we will see if your spouse defaults in appearance.
If your spouse defaults, we will potentially have to seek court intervention regarding any outstanding issues such as child custody, child support, spousal maintenance (“alimony”), and/or equitable distribution. If your spouse responds to being served within the statutory period of time, we will either negotiate or litigate a settlement, or proceed to trial.