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What is Contested Divorce?

Contested divorce is when two parties in a marriage cannot come to an agreement and must have the court decide on aspects of the divorce. This may include division of assets, support payments, and custody arrangement. This type of divorce can be extremely challenging, both emotionally and financially.

It is important for couples who are considering a contested divorce to understand that it is not just about splitting up assets, but also involves costly legal fees and potential damage caused by airing private information in public. 

It takes longer than other types of divorces because each party will need to prepare its case for court, which may take anywhere from months to years, depending on the complexity of the case. 

Furthermore, these divorces often involve aggressive tactics such as using depositions or subpoenas to uncover information from both parties or taking out restraining orders.

The negatives associated with contested divorce are numerous. The process can be very expensive and lengthy, as mentioned before. It can also be incredibly stressful for all involved, increasing tension and hostility between the two parties. 

Additionally, children may suffer due to the animosity caused by the proceedings and any decisions such as custody arrangements. Lastly, because of its public nature, private details may become exposed, potentially harming an individual’s reputation permanently. 

Overall, we see contested divorce as a last resort for couples who cannot reach an agreement on their own.

Justin W. Aanenson, Attorney

Overwhelmed by the Stress and Costs of a Contested Divorce?

Reasons We See Clients in a Contested Divorce

Despite the fact that less than 5% of divorce cases go to trial, sometimes a contested divorce is unavoidable. Below are reasons that our clients need to approach their divorce case in a contested manner:

It Takes Two

No matter how much you may want an amicable case, it takes both people involved in a divorce case to choose an amicable option. If your spouse decides that they want to move forward through the traditional court process, then you will need to proceed with a contested divorce as well.

Dishonesty or Power Imbalance

Sometimes despite our goal of approaching divorce cases with an open mind there is a history of deception or a power imbalance in the relationship. If you don’t feel that you can trust your spouse to provide the information needed to discuss a settlement or you don’t feel that you can discuss the issues with them because of the dynamics of your relationship, a contested divorce may be a better fit for you.

Domestic Violence

Unfortunately some families have to live with domestic violence and if that is present in the relationship a contested divorce is likely best for those involved.

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Contested Divorce Lawyer FAQs

Common questions about contested divorce

We service clients all across Washington.

Our three offices are located in Seattle, Olympia & Tacoma.

Testimonials & Reviews

A family law firm that often settles out of court with "win, win" solutions for all involved. Resolve the matter instead of fighting in court where only the lawyers win.
Kate Winterbottom
Kate Winterbottom
Justin, the owner of Truce Law, is truly exceptional in every sense. His unwavering dedication to customer satisfaction and employee success sets him apart as a leader in the legal community. Justin goes above and beyond to ensure that each client receives personalized attention and support throughout the divorce or adoption process. His expertise in family law combined with his genuine empathy and understanding make him a trusted advocate for those navigating difficult life transitions. I would not hesitate to refer clients to Justin. Moreover, Justin's commitment to employee success is evident in the positive and supportive work environment he cultivates at Truce Law. By prioritizing the well-being and professional growth of his team, Justin ensures that every member is equipped to deliver exceptional service to clients. I have full confidence in Justin and his team to handle even the most complex family law matters with integrity, compassion, and skill. If you're seeking legal assistance for divorce or adoption, look no further than Justin and Truce Law. You'll be in the best hands possible.
Jeff Bloomfield
Jeff Bloomfield
The team at Truce Law are conscientious and dedicated to truly serving their clients well. I would not hesitate to recommend Truce Law for your Family Law Needs.
Dan Peterson
Dan Peterson
Breaking up is hard. I was an emotional wreck at times. The staff at Truce Law was compassionate and patient; they walked me through it. My opponent was vicious. Truce handled the negotiations with strength, competence, and dignity. Look no further.
David Singleton
David Singleton
Truce Law is simply the best! Divorce is never easy for anyone but having them on your side makes it a whole lot easier! The team was always prompt, communicative and always had my best interests in mind. 10/10!
Stefanie Arnold
Stefanie Arnold
Justin and staff were a great resource through my divorce, highly recommended
Hristiyan Kolev
Hristiyan Kolev
First of all I would like to thank to Justin for his great work! My case was not easy (don’t want to use the word ugly), but thanks to Justin and his team I manage to win the case and being able to be with my child once again which was the goal from the beginning. The process of the divorce took more than a year and he and his team were with me the whole time. Very patient, persistent and knowledgeable. I will always recommend his service. Good luck to everyone out there.
Russ Krause
Russ Krause
If you are looking for a friendly and knowledgeable as well as highly skilled legal team to help you through those family law issues that come up in life, then Truce Law is the place! Competent and friendly staff at all levels puts you at ease. Their rates are very competitive and they are always in communication with you to keep you on top of what they are doing. I highly recommend them to you.
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