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Traditional Litigation


Litigation is the traditional divorce process. Both parties hire attorneys, who provide legal advice and represent their client in negotiations and court hearings. This model is adversarial -- each attorney advocates positions based on the personal wants, needs and viewpoints of their client. The parties communicate mainly through their attorneys, rather than directly with each other, regarding their positions, proposals and counterproposals.

The 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 before a court reporter) and the subpoenaing of documents or other material believed to be relevant to the issues.

Each party may also hire experts to support their positions. These experts may include psychologists, real estate and personal property appraisers, business valuation specialists, accountants and others.

Most litigation divorces are eventually settled, but substantial time, money and emotion has been spent in the meantime. In addition, parties often find later that they are dissatisfied with the outcome. They are likely to return to court in the future to change the outcome or resolve disputes.

Law offices Jacob M. Rzepka 5035 Mayfield Rd. Lyndhurst, Ohio 44236 (216)-923-1309
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