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What is a Contested Divorce and How Long Will it Take?



As the best divorce lawyers in Mesa AZ, 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 Jensen Family Law. 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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Jensen Family Law in Mesa
3740 E Southern Ave #210,
Mesa, AZ 85206
(480) 999-2321


Jensen Family Law in Mesa is located on 3740 E Southern Ave Suite 210, 85206 Mesa, Arizona. From Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX), Take S 41st St to E Sky Harbor Blvd, then Head west on E Sky Harbor Blvd and Use the left lane to take the exit toward S 41st St. Then Turn right onto S 41st St. After that, Continue straight to stay on S 41st St, then Take AZ-202 Loop E, AZ-101 Loop S and US-60 E to S Val Vista Dr in Mesa. Take exit 184 from US-60 E after that Merge onto E Sky Harbor Blvd, then Use the left 2 lanes to merge onto AZ-202 Loop E toward Tempe/Mesa and Use the right 3 lanes to take exit 9 to Merge onto AZ-101 Loop S. After that, Use the right 2 lanes to take exit 55A-B to merge onto US-60 E toward Globe, then Take exit 184 for Val Vista Dr. Then Continue on S Val Vista Dr to your destination and Turn left onto S Val Vista Dr. Turn right onto E Southern Ave, then Turn left and Destination will be on the right.

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