Contested Divorce Attorney in Pasadena
Skilled Divorce Litigators in Pasadena
The most desirable option when looking to dissolve your marriage is to pursue an uncontested divorce, either through divorce mediation or collaborative law. If there is a disagreement or dispute about any one area of the divorce, however, the case will become contested and require litigation. The surest way of achieving a favorable outcome in a contested divorce is to retain an experienced and aggressive Pasadena contested divorce lawyer from Schweitzer Law Partners.
Searching for an attorney for a contested divorce case in Pasadena? Our firm has served Pasadena residents for a decade and has practiced extensively in all areas of family law, including custody and support cases. Our lawyers can work as quickly and efficiently as possible to resolve your contested case favorably. We understand that the process can be difficult and emotional for you, which is why we strive to provide individualized representation and support throughout your divorce process. Speak with a Pasadena contested divorce lawyer from our team today to discuss exactly what your situation entails to find out what we can do to handle your case.
What Is a Contested Divorce?
A contested divorce in Pasadena occurs when you or your spouse has filed a petition and the other party does not agree with the terms he or she is asking for. Areas of disagreement may include child support, child custody, visitation, alimony, and/or the division of marital assets.
A contested divorce is not ideal, but it's far from uncommon. Many couples have disagreements in one or more key areas of the settlement.
To avoid a trial, you can try enlisting the services of a divorce mediator. This is a neutral third party who can help you and your spouse reach a mutually agreeable settlement. Mediators charge a fee for their services, but it is still cheaper than resorting to litigation.
If mediation is not an option, one of you will have to have your lawyer file a form to set a trial date. Then, a judge will decide the terms of your settlement. After the judge makes his or her decision, both sides have 60 days to appeal.
Since it can be time consuming to go through a contested divorce, you can request temporary orders to handle issues such as child support and child custody. These orders will expire upon the date of the trial. Their purpose is to make sure the immediate needs of the family are being taken care of.
If you want to be free to legally marry again or want to obtain single taxpayer status for financial reasons, you can request a bifurcation of marital status. This will legally end the marriage, but leave the disputed issues open to be decided at a later date.
Hire a Pasadena Contested Divorce Lawyer
Need a lawyer for a contested divorce case in Pasadena? Lawyers with our firm have been highly rated by clients as shown in our testimonials and our AV® Rating on Martindale-Hubbell®. Our firm is Pasadena's only family law firm and has come to be one of the most respected firms in Greater Los Angeles. Our attorneys utilize state-of-the-art resources to reach quicker and favorable resolutions for clients' cases. We are also proactive and will pursue any legal means to obtain the results you need.
Contact our firm right away to set up a consultation with an attorney who truly cares for you and for the outcome of your divorce case.
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