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Divorce / Dissolution of Marriage

The attorneys at Raines, Dusing & Sutton, PLLC understand that divorce can be a very stressful and emotionally difficult time. We have experience in dealing with these complicated emotions, setting clients’ minds at ease while we work to protect your assets, property, and rights as parents. It is your right to determine how to proceed in a divorce, and our attorneys take the time to advise you of all of your options.

No two divorces are the same, but there are two main categories of divorces – uncontested divorces and contested divorces. An uncontested divorce simply means that the divorcing couple has reached an agreement on all issues of the divorce. A contested divorce means that there are unresolved issues that the parties have not agreed upon, and the couple must seek court intervention to decide those issues. What people do not realize is that over 90% of divorces end up as uncontested, whether an agreement is reached initially or “on the courthouse steps.”

An agreement, an uncontested result, can be reached a number of ways. The couple can reach a “kitchen table agreement,” working out all major issues without the use of attorneys; an agreement can be reached if both parties are represented by attorneys through on-going negotiations or mediations; and finally, an agreement can be reached by using the Collaborative Law process.

Contested divorces, on the other hand, require a trial; and these trials are often expensive and emotionally stressful. Additionally, you lose all control when you hand over your unresolved issues to a Judge whom you have never met, and has no prior knowledge of your specific situation. Our attorneys do our best to assist you in reaching a negotiated settlement because we believe that is in your best interest; however, the decision to reject a proposed settlement, and choose a contested trial is yours to make. When negotiations do not resolve divorce disputes, our attorneys have the litigation skills and experience necessary to obtain positive results in court.