What is a contested divorce and how long will it take?


As the best divorce lawyers in Arizona, we often get asked, “what is a contested divorce and how long will it take?” I want to talk about how divorce is finalized in Arizona. Specifically, what I want to discuss is what a contested divorce is and how long it’s going to take for a contested divorce to be completed. Now a lot of people come into my office to sit down and talk with me about their divorce. There’s always a lot of uncertainty, but a very common question is: how long is this going to take? And I always give them the same answer. It probably sounds like an attorney’s answer, but the answer is always: Well it kind of depends.

It kind of depends on whether this divorce is going to be one of those that we’re going to be able to come to an agreement quickly and resolve through an uncontested process or whether it’s going to be contested. Well, what is a contested divorce? A contested divorce is a situation where you and your spouse simply can’t come to an agreement on all of the issues that need to be resolved in order to finalize your divorce. Remember that in a typical Arizona divorce, there are a number of issues that need to be resolved. Issues involving children, property, debt, and sometimes even support. A lot of times, we’re able to come to agreements on all of those issues. But if we can’t come to an agreement on every single one of those issues, we simply can’t finalize the divorce by agreement. Well, what does that mean? That simply means that this case will proceed through a contested divorce, which is where we end up going to court, putting on evidence in front of the judge, the judge will hear the evidence and ultimately render a decision. How long does that take? That also depends. It’s really hard to say. It depends on how many issues we can’t agree on.

If we can’t agree on anything, then typically a contested divorce is going to probably take between eight and twelve months to complete and that’s simply a matter of how long it takes to get a trial date from a judge in Maricopa County. It takes a long time. Maricopa County courts are really, really crowded. If it’s only one or two issues that we can’t come to an agreement on, thus we don’t need as much time with the judge, then you know we can probably resolve the case through contested divorce through a trial in maybe four to eight months. The bottom line is that contested divorces are always much much longer because we have to go through all of the litigation processes. We have to do discovery. We have to go to court and we have to put on our evidence in front of the judge.

So I suppose the moral of the story here is; it’s always better to settle if possible, but we understand that sometimes that just isn’t possible and when it’s not possible, you always want to have an attorney who knows how to litigate a case, who’s not afraid to go to court, understands how to put on evidence and argue your position so that your rights are always being defended. Here at the law offices of Kevin Jensen, we’ve done that for more than a decade. We have a lot of experience in litigating contested cases and although we always try to settle, we’re always ready to go to court if necessary. So please call us here at Genesis Family Law and Divorce Lawyers. We have lots of experience handling contested divorces and we are more than happy to help you through that difficult process. Our female divorce attorneys can also help with any questions you have regarding divorce in Mesa AZ.

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Mesa, AZ – Office

Located in Mesa Arizona, on Val Vista and Southern Avenue. Our Family Law Attorneys and Divorce Lawyers in Mesa AZ have been helping our clients achieve the legal results they are searching for. Our Mesa Law Firm offers Divorce Mediation, Uncontested Divorce, Contested Divorce, Legal Separation, Female Divorce Lawyers, Annulment, Child Support Issues, Child Custody, Military Divorce, Parenting Plans, Prenuptial Agreements, Postnuptial Agreements, Grandparents Rights, Paternity, Order of Protection, Name Change and all Family Law legal issues.

Genesis Family Law and Divorce Lawyers in Mesa AZ
2915 E Baseline Rd Suite 115
Gilbert, AZ 85234
(480) 999-2321
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Chandler, AZ – Office

Located On Dobson Road, just North of W. Chandler Blvd, near the 101 Freeway. We have a team of the Best Divorce Lawyers and Family Law Attorneys in Chandler Arizona. Our Chandler Law Firm offers Divorce Mediation, Uncontested Divorce, Contested Divorce, Legal Separation, Female Divorce Lawyers, Annulment, Child Support Issues, Child Custody, Military Divorce, Parenting Plans, Prenuptial Agreements, Postnuptial Agreements, Grandparents Rights, Paternity, Order of Protection, Name Change and all Family Law legal issues.

Genesis Family Law and Divorce Lawyers in Chandler AZ
333 N. Dobson Rd #5
Chandler, AZ 85224
(480) 632-2083
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Gilbert, AZ – Office

Located in South East Gilbert, Near Higley High School on Pecos Road, West of Power Road in the Power Ranch Neighborhood. Our Gilbert Law Firm offers Divorce Mediation, Uncontested Divorce, Contested Divorce, Legal Separation, Female Divorce Lawyers, Annulment, Child Support Issues, Child Custody, Military Divorce, Parenting Plans, Prenuptial Agreements, Postnuptial Agreements, Grandparents Rights, Paternity, Order of Protection, Name Change and all Family Law legal issues.

Genesis Family Law and Divorce Lawyers in Gilbert AZ
4365 E. Pecos Rd Suite 138
Gilbert, AZ 85295
(480) 900-2302
https://familylawattorneymesaaz.net/gilbert

Florence, AZ – Office

Located in the Community of Anthem in Florence Arizona, off of Hunt Hwy. Our Florence Law Firm is staffed with family law attorneys that offer Divorce Mediation, Uncontested Divorce, Contested Divorce, Legal Separation, Female Divorce Lawyers, Annulment, Child Support Issues, Child Custody, Military Divorce, Parenting Plans, Prenuptial Agreements, Postnuptial Agreements, Grandparents Rights, Paternity, Order of Protection, Name Change and all Family Law legal issues.

Genesis Family Law and Divorce Lawyers in Florence AZ
3281 N. Hunt Hwy Suite 111
Florence, AZ 85132
(480) 632-1120
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Glendale, AZ – Office

Located in Glendale. Our Glendale Law Firm offers Divorce Mediation, Uncontested Divorce, Contested Divorce, Legal Separation, Female Divorce Lawyers, Annulment, Child Support Issues, Child Custody, Military Divorce, Parenting Plans, Prenuptial Agreements, Postnuptial Agreements, Grandparents Rights, Paternity, Order of Protection, Name Change and all Family Law legal issues.

Genesis Family Law and Divorce Lawyers in Glendale AZ
7075 West Bell Road Suite 5
Glendale, AZ 85308
(602) 834-8585
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