How Do I Move My Divorce Case Along?

This Week’s Blog by Carole T. Orland

  • Delays may be caused by the Court system.
  • Opposing counsel may not work at the same pace as our firm, for a variety of reasons.
  • Spouses may have strategic reasons to delay.
  • Broder & Orland LLC, with its large staff of highly competent attorneys, routinely handles significant caseloads with the utmost attention given to each client.

Many divorce clients want to move through the process as quickly as possible. That may be for several reasons, including curtailing lawyer’s fees, minimizing the emotional aspect, or syncing their divorce with other events happening in their lives. At Broder & Orland LLC, we work diligently and tirelessly to keep our cases going. One challenge is getting through the court system and the inherent delays due to heavy caseloads and frequent short staffing. Given our extensive experience with the system, we do our absolute best to work within it in a timely and efficient manner. A greater challenge, however, is getting opposing counsel to work at our demanding pace. Every law office has its own character and operational style, which can like our courts, can also be affected by caseload and staffing. As the largest family law firm in Connecticut, with eight attorneys and significant support staff, Broder & Orland LLC is designed to handle a high volume of cases while also providing the utmost attention to each one. Our clients from Greenwich to Westport and throughout cities and towns in Connecticut have derived a huge benefit from our unique law office. One need only look at the client testimonials on our Website and Google reviews to see confirmation of this.

That being said, there are cases where even our firm’s top lawyers must deal with colleagues who are not working at our pace. We recognize that our clients may become frustrated in this situation and we do our absolute best to find ways to move their cases along and to keep our clients regularly informed about what is going on.

In some instances, delays are caused not only by the court or opposing counsel, but by the opposing spouse, who for various reasons does not want the case to proceed quickly. Perhaps that spouse doesn’t want to be divorced and has no incentive to get through the case. Or maybe that spouse is delaying for strategic reasons having to do with a job situation, finances or a personal circumstance. Some spouses may delay just to be spiteful, since divorcing couples are typically not on the best terms. When faced with these situations, attorneys in our firm do their best to figure out the opposing spouse’s motivations, which sometimes can be satisfied in ways to prevent a logjam.

If you feel your case is being unduly delayed to your detriment, speak with your lawyer before the matter gets out of hand. With his or her help, try to figure out what is causing the delay and see if with your lawyer’s experience and expertise, the case can be moved along at a more acceptable pace.

At Broder & Orland LLC, with offices in Westport and Greenwich, Connecticut, we are committed to moving our cases along without unnecessary delay. We recognize that doing so prevents unnecessary expense for our clients and reduces the emotional toll inherent in the divorce process. When delays occur for any of the reasons referred to above, we do our best to explain to our client why that is so and to the extent possible, figure out a way to move things forward.