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A con­test­ed divorce occurs when one or both spous­es can­not agree on cer­tain issues in their divorce case. Con­test­ed divorces take longer, cost more and cre­ate greater stress than uncon­test­ed divorces. This is why we typ­i­cal­ly try to work with cou­ples to reach an agree­ment and avoid going to court. How­ev­er, we rec­og­nize that divorce gen­er­ates strong emo­tions, and some cou­ples sim­ply can’t agree on much of any­thing. In these sit­u­a­tions, we will fight aggres­sive­ly to pro­tect your inter­ests dur­ing nego­ti­a­tions with the oppos­ing coun­sel and, if nec­es­sary, dur­ing tri­al.

While every divorce is unique, here are the steps involved in a “typ­i­cal” con­test­ed divorce:

  • Hire an attor­ney
  • Pre­pare, file and serve the peti­tion for divorce to start the divorce case
  • Respond to the peti­tion
  • Engage in what is called dis­cov­ery, which involves gath­er­ing infor­ma­tion from your spouse and any third par­ty wit­ness­es
  • Pre-tri­al motions and hear­ings
  • Nego­ti­a­tions between oppos­ing attor­neys for pos­si­ble set­tle­ment
  • Pre­pare for tri­al if set­tle­ment fails
  • Engage in and com­plete the court tri­al
  • If you want to dis­pute the judge’s deci­sion, your attor­ney can appeal it

Giv­en the com­plex­i­ty and high stakes involved in a con­test­ed divorce, it is essen­tial to con­sult with an expe­ri­enced attor­ney. Our Sacra­men­to con­test­ed divorce attor­ney has suc­cess­ful­ly han­dled numer­ous con­test­ed divorces involv­ing a wide range of issues. We under­stand what you are going through dur­ing this dif­fi­cult time in your life, and will work close­ly with you from begin­ning to end.

Con­tact us today to sched­ule a con­sul­ta­tion. We will work hard to pro­tect your inter­ests and achieve the best pos­si­ble out­come in your case. And in the process, help you achieve clo­sure and make the tran­si­tion to the next stage of your life.