Contested Divorce

In an Arizona contested divorce, one spouse files a petition for divorce, and the other spouse files a response because he or she disagrees with the petition. The respondent may disagree with some or all of the things the petitioner is asking for.

If the parties agree on some issues, they can create a written agreement, leaving the other matters up for the court to decide.  Before taking these matters to court, however, parties can try to resolve them on their own, with their attorneys’ help, or by using alternative dispute resolution measures like divorce mediation.

If the parties are unable to work out all issues, either on their own or with assistance, the unresolved issues must go to trial.

Deciding If Contested Divorce is Right for You

At Shaffer Family Law, we know that a contested divorce is the most costly way to end a marriage in Arizona, financially and in terms of effort, time, and emotional stress, but sometimes it is the best choice. We are skilled negotiators who do everything possible to help our clients arrive at a settlement agreement that truly meets their needs. Our clients’ best interests guide our actions at every turn, and if settlement negotiations are not achieving the best results for them, we will not hesitate to advocate for their rights at trial. We work with families throughout the Valley and in the surrounding communities.

Our Approach to an Arizona Contested Divorce

We know divorce is difficult; it’s even more so when you don’t know what to expect. When you come into our office, we listen to your needs and concerns and help you identify your goals for divorce and life afterward. Then, we give you the information you need about divorce in Arizona, including contested divorce. We explore options with you, being straightforward about the likely outcomes of various courses of action. Together, we’ll develop a plan to move forward.

At Shaffer Family Law, we know that the well-being of your family is your biggest priority.  We also understand that finances are a concern for almost everyone, so we do everything in our power to achieve the results you want in your divorce as quickly and with as little unnecessary expense as possible, through negotiation of a settlement agreement. We are creative and flexible negotiators, so these efforts are often successful. Sometimes, however, the other side simply won’t abandon an unreasonable position, leaving trial as the only option.

When we try a case, our focus is on achieving the outcome you need. We are fierce advocates who believe in being overly prepared for trial, and we have the experience to be able to prepare efficiently in order to conserve your valuable resources. We never lose sight of the fact that while we’ve participated in many divorce trials, this is likely your first one. We keep you informed, supported, and in the driver’s seat throughout the process. As your attorneys, we offer guidance and advocate for you, but you have ultimate control over the decisions in your divorce.

Contested Divorce Support in the Valley and the Surrounding Communities

The attorneys of Shaffer Family Law handle contested Arizona divorces in all area of the Valley and the surrounding communities, including Pinal, Pima, Yavapai and Coconino Counties. Contact Shaffer Family Law online or call (480) 470-3030 today to discuss how we may be of help in your case.

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