What's a Contested Divorce


A contested divorce is just what it sounds like: one or both spouses contest (dispute) some aspect of their divorce. Therefore, the divorce proceedings take much longer to complete and typically involve greater stress and increased legal fees.



With a contested divorce, spouses will have to go through numerous steps before the divorce is finalized, including:

  • prepare, file and serve (deliver) the divorce petition (legal paperwork asking for the divorce and stating the grounds for the breakdown of the marriage)

  • respond to the petition

  • interview and hire an attorney

  • engage in “divorce discovery” – the information gathering process, which involves various legal procedures to get information from your spouse and third-party witnesses (e.g., written questions, subpoenas, and depositions)

  • pre-trial legal motions and hearings

  • settlement proposals and negotiations between attorneys

  • if settlement fails, prepare for trial

  • complete a court trial

  • appeal, if you dispute the trial judge’s decision(s).

During the settlement phase, spouses are often unable to resolve issues. Although the divorce judge may encourage spouses to work things out, when that doesn’t happen the next step is divorce court.


During trial, both spouses present witnesses, and their lawyers cross-examine the witnesses and present closing arguments. After trial is over, the court will issue a final order memorializing all of the judge’s decisions, and finalize the divorce.


Divorce, especially ones that are contested, are complex. Therefore, spouses in a contested divorce should definitely speak with an experienced divorce lawyer who can inform them of their legal rights and ensure they are fully protected.

Attentive Representation for Your Legal Proceedings

Divorces can be complex and filled with anxieties and emotion. Even the most amicable of divorces can quickly take a heated turn for the worse when it comes to resolving complex issues and reaching a desirable end to a proceeding.


Faan Law Firm is proud to provide trusted legal assistance to individuals that are seeking representation during a complicated, contested divorce. With a trusted reputation for offering stellar counsel, contested divorce attorneys at Faan Law Firm may be able to assist you with obtaining a favorable resolution to your case. Call the firm right away at 718-766-2567 if you need a New York divorce attorney or New Jersey divorce attorney.

Faan Law Firm is proud to be one of the most trusted New York litigation firms. Faan Law Firm has successfully guided its past clients to favorable resolutions in their divorce cases. Faan Law Firm gladly provides clients with an open line of communication and service that you can trust.



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