Contested Divorce Attorney
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If you are filing for divorce and are unable to reach an agreement with your spouse regarding some or all of the terms of the separation, it is recommended you consult with an attorney right away. The Layfield Law Firm is available to provide assistance in all aspects of the divorce process from distribution of marital assets to establishing child support terms.
Beau Layfield has assisted individuals in many different divorce situations, which has given him the experience necessary to increase your chances of success in your case. Beau is available immediately to represent you, and will work diligently to pursue the outcome that meets your terms.
Why Choose This Divorce Lawyer?
Here are some reasons why you should choose our family law lawyer:
- Experienced, innovative representation
- One-on-one legal support at every step
- Caring, creative, and tireless advocacy
- Free case review to evaluate your legal options
About Contested Divorce in Baton Rouge
A divorce begins when one spouse files a petition in a court of law asking to have their marriage dissolved. The petition requests that the court legally end the marriage. The petition may also ask the court to settle issues related to the divorce, including those related to any children involved. When the two spouses involved cannot come to an agreement on these issues, the divorce is referred to as "contested", and is usually resolved by way of a trial.
When your divorce is contested, you can expect the court will dictate the manner in which your case is resolved. To a large extent, this can take away your decision-making capabilities, which may result in a lesser chance of obtaining a favorable conclusion. By hiring a competent attorney, you improve your chances of achieving terms that better serve the needs of you and your family. An experienced family law and divorce attorney will utilize their skill in courtroom litigation to fight for you and the outcome you desire. Beau Layfield offers a free case evaluation to all new potential clients, so call to discuss your case today.
As a business owner trying to juggle responsibilities with my clients and in my business, it was important to find someone who understood the value of my time while helping me navigate me through a difficult divorce.- Former Client
I contacted him initially because The Layfield Law Firm website specifically listed "uncontested divorce" within the areas of practice.- Former Client
During this process, there were times when I became so frustrated that I wanted to give up. Beau always brought me back to reality and made suggestions to assist with my concerns.- Former Client
Hopefully I won't need a lawyer in the future, but if I do, I am calling Mr Layfield.- Former Client
Should I take a settlement offer?
It is never a good idea to settle an insurance claim before speaking with a knowledgeable personal injury attorney that has experience with injury accident cases. Insurance companies have tactics they use to deny claims, redirect fault, and withhold available compensation. An insurance claim can be a complicated process and insurance adjusters can be intimidating to accident victims. An insurance company may assert that the injuries are not as serious as claimed, and attempt to settle quickly for a low amount.
How will custody of my child be decided?It is possible for you and your spouse to come to a decision regarding child custody without the court intervening.
However, if you and your spouse cannot come to a custody terms agreement, the court will decide for you, and will look at the following:
- the child's gender and age;
- the child's mental and physical health;
- the child's relationship with each parent;
- the parents' respective lifestyles;
- each parent's ability to provide basic necessities for the child, including shelter, food, and clothing; and
- the child's preference (if they are of a certain age).
How much money can I expect in a settlement?Each personal injury accident is different and the worth of the injuries will depend on the circumstances of the accident and the severity of injuries and disability. Insurance companies have specific calculations they use when assigning a monetary value to the pain and suffering resulting a personal injury causing accident. The firm will protect your right to compensation and pursue legal action if necessary.
Before settling an insurance claim, contact The Layfield Law Firm, LLC to review your case. They can zealously protect your right to fair and full compensation, and your case will be given the focus and priority it deserves.
How long will the divorce process take?
The length of your divorce proceedings will depend on different factors, which include how long it takes to serve divorce papers to your spouse, whether your spouse is willing to waive their rights to service and notice of trial, whether you have minor children from the marriage and legal delays. Typically, it will take 20 to 40 days to receive a divorce judgment from the court after papers have been served. If your spouse decides to waive his or her rights to service and notice of trial, the judgment can come swiftly. It is important to note that a judgment does not become finalized until the 30-day "appeals" window has ended.
Another important point to note is that you must be living separately from your spouse for six months (or longer if there are minor children from the marriage) before being able to file a petition, unless there are extenuating circumstances, such as your spouse committed a felony. Securing an attorney for legal representation may result in your divorce process being resolved much faster than you attempting to navigate the proceedings on your own.
Isn't divorce expensive?
A contested divorce can get expensive due to the necessity to attend trial, and document the case to present in court. Those who can work out their agreements prior to court and settle them with negotiations can not only save a lot of money, they avoid the serious stress of a court trial and exposing your personal business in court. In either case, I will help you bring the issue to a resolution with the least amount of stress, whether in a contested or uncontested divorce. I make every effort to make my services affordable so that you can have high quality legal counsel to support your case.