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What is Contested Divorce?

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In 2019, there were over 750,000 divorces in the United States alone. Divorce is a complicated process for many people. The emotional and mental toll it takes on family members can be heartwrenching. There are several aspects to work out when getting a divorce. These include considerations regarding children, property, assets, and debt. With so much to work out, it’s no wonder that many divorces end up contested. If you find yourself in difficult divorce proceedings, you must work with a lawyer to help protect you. The team at Hatton and Hatton is ready to help.

Contested Divorce

A contested divorce occurs when spouses cannot reach an agreement on the best way to split property, assets, child custody, and visitation rights. This term does not necessarily mean that the spouses are angry with each other, nor does it mean the divorce will get ugly. There are many things you need to go over with your spouse when getting a divorce. With so much to figure out, it is understandable that you both won’t agree on every aspect. In this moment of contention, an attorney can help you navigate the court.

How Can Lawyers Help?

Experienced lawyers understand the emotional and mental stress you are under throughout the process. Our job is to do what is best for you. That’s why we prepare for the hearings and file the correct documents and divorce petition so the court and the other party know exactly what you are seeking.

When a divorce becomes contested, the divorce process takes much longer. A “simple” divorce usually takes 60 days from when the divorce papers are submitted and fully processed. While you may have your first court date relatively quickly for temporary orders, there is still a lot of work to be done. For the next few months, your lawyer assists you with planning, documenting, and gathering evidence to present in case of a trial. A trial date could take a year or more to occur. Given that you and your spouse cannot agree on one or more critical aspects, the judge will listen closely to your argument and review the essential documents before deciding.


The divorce attorneys at Hatton and Hatton understand the turmoil and stress divorces cause. Although you are at odds with your spouse right now, you can get through this process with the right divorce attorney on your side. We promise to deliver a strong team that is committed to helping you and seeing this process through. Contested divorces are never easy, so let us help you today.

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