What Is a Contested Divorce?
A contested divorce is a complicated form of divorce in which the spouses disagree on at least one issue of the prospective filing, such as:
A contested divorce usually involves a lengthy court battle depending on the number of issues at stake. If this is the case for you, you need to ensure that you have a trustworthy Las Vegas divorce attorney who will stand behind you during divorce proceedings.
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At Leavitt Law Firm, we are committed to helping our clients through even the most complex contested divorce cases.
We know how painful—or at the very least stressful—this time can be. Emotions run high in these hard-fought divorces. But you do not have to go at it on your own. Let us support you. We will make you a priority at every single step of the way.
The average contested divorce takes about 4 months to finalize.
It is, however, normal for a contested divorce to drag on if one party is refusing to respect the other's rights.
Contested & Uncontested Divorce: Which Is Faster?
Uncontested divorces are typically faster than contested divorces.
In an uncontested divorce, a lawyer will draft a marital settlement agreement, as well as any other needed paperwork. The lawyer and the individual requesting the divorce will then review the settlement, finalize the paperwork, and send a copy to the other party.
In a contested divorce, both parties have to file court papers that display what they want out of the divorce. Contested divorces have a reputation for being heated, expensive, and drawn out, as couples continue to fight over settlement issues.
It is most beneficial for couples to reach out to an experienced Las Vegas contested divorce lawyer who can speed up the process—and save all the involved parties time and money.
How Does a Contested Divorce Work?
A divorce is officially contested when your spouse disagrees on any aspect of the filing. Once papers are served the receiving party has 30 days to respond to the petition. If you and your spouse fail to resolve the conflict, a judge will be assigned to the case.
A contested divorce involves the following procedures:
- You or your spouse will file a complaint, which is delivered to the other spouse;
- After filing the complaint, the other party has 30 days to respond with an answer;
- After receiving a response to the complaint, a case management conference is held;
- The presiding divorce court will enter a case management order; and
- Once an order is established, the contested divorce will undergo the discovery phase.
The discovery phase could take several months to complete. If children are involved in your divorce, a child custody evaluation will likely take place. If you and your spouse are unable to resolve your issues, your filing will go to trial to settle the terms of the divorce.
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When divorce becomes a contested matter, you want to know there is an experienced professional in your corner fighting for you and providing critical insight. At Leavitt Law Firm, we provide Las Vegas clients with the benefit of our more than 30 years of combined experience and have been recognized as Best of Las Vegas 2017. Trust us to handle your contested divorce and help you work reach the best possible resolution.
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