William Shakespeare once wrote, “The course of true love never did run smooth.” In other words, couples must work hard and be ready to make sacrifices to overcome relationship difficulties. Shakespeare's admonition should not be taken to mean that lovers, much less spouses, should spend their waking hours bickering and fighting over sundry matters, although some married couples do find themselves at a point where they can no longer successfully overcome intramarital conflict.
In such a scenario, it may be necessary to seek the help of a third party, such as a marriage counselor, to work out issues in the marriage. However, couples who've jumped from one marriage counselor to another and found themselves no closer to an effective resolution may eventually decide to consider divorce. Filing for divorce, however, presents a new set of challenges that can further aggravate tensions between embittered spouses.
For this reason, it is critical to hire the services of a competent lawyer not just to legalize the separation but also to ensure that one's rights are protected during the entire process. This is especially true if the couple cannot agree on how to split their assets. In Fresno and other cities in California, couples undergoing divorce will need a contested packet to have the issue of division of properties and assets resolved.