Sometimes you need a bifurcation of the divorce. When a divorce gets stuck and disputes drag on, we can ask the court to bifurcate the dissolution. This means that the court will sever the dissolution of the marriage from all other contested issues. In these cases, the court will address the request for divorce first and issue a “status only” judgment that restores both spouses to single marital status. At the same time, it will reserve jurisdiction to determine other pending issues later.
We may also use bifurcation to resolve “pivotal issues.” A pivotal issue is a crucial question on which the resolution of one or more contested issues hinge. This pivotal issue may be bifurcated to simplify the other issues. For example, if division of assets and amount and duration of alimony hinge on the validity of a prenuptial agreement, the validity of the prenuptial agreement can be given priority and set for trial first and separately. Then, all other issues are reserved for a separate and later trial.
When you retain us as your Divorce attorney, we can bifurcate any issue that needs special and prolonged litigation and resolve everything else quickly.