Board Certified Contested Divorce Attorneys in Las Vegas
Contested Divorces are those divorces where both spouses cannot come to an agreement on all issues regarding division of assets and debts, alimony, child custody, and child support. Nevada is a "No-Fault" state. You cannot contest the dissolution of the marriage, but the terms of the aforementioned issues can be disputed. Contested divorces do not have to be mean-spirited and ugly, though we often handle such matters. Most divorces begin as contested divorces and are subsequently settled after negotiations and/or court hearings between both parties and their Las Vegas divorce attorneys
Each case begins with a detailed consultation with Las Vegas divorce attorneys Jennifer V. Abrams or Vincent Mayo. These consultations are conducted at our offices and usually require at least two hours. Learn more about divorce consultations
We communicate frequently with our clients during all phases of their divorce proceedings. You must review and approve the divorce filings, the method in which your spouse is served, and all subsequent significant communications with your spouse's divorce lawyer. You are also encouraged to attend all conferences, depositions, and court hearings.
Each contested divorce matter is unique, so it is not possible to explain the strategy your Las Vegas divorce attorney will employ in your case. However, contested divorces typically involve the initial filing of a Summons, Complaint, and Joint Preliminary Injunction. Many cases require the simultaneous filing of additional legal pleadings. The content of the initial filings is extremely important because the filings are the first step in protecting your rights.
Serving Your Spouse
The next step is serving the divorce documents upon your spouse. This is called Service of Process. We take great care in the method in which your spouse is served. Service of Process is the initial action that can "set the tone" for how your case will progress.
Discovery is the process of gathering information relevant to your divorce case. Your spouse is required to provide all requested information. They do not have a choice, regardless of what they may think. If your spouse refuses to provide the information voluntarily, we will subpoena it, or get a court order to compel your spouse to produce it.
Discovery can take anywhere from a few weeks to several months, depending on the amount of information and the method required to obtain it.
Concluding Your Case
There are two ways a Contested Divorce case is concluded: Negotiated Settlement or Trial Litigation.
A negotiated settlement is conducted on your behalf between your divorce attorney and the divorce lawyer representing your spouse. If you and your spouse are reasonable and both wish to settle the matter, you can do so at any time. If your spouse cannot be trusted and extensive Discovery is required, or your spouse has no interest in settling, your case will require more time and effort to conclude.
Negotiated settlements are often preferable to trial, because the outcome is known, and the settlement can be structured to your benefit. However, your divorce attorney will never recommend that you make unnecessary concessions in order to settle the case.
If a negotiated settlement cannot be reached, the matter is resolved by a trial. Each Las Vegas divorce trial is presided over by one of the Clark County Family Court judges. There are no juries for Las Vegas divorce trials.
Attorneys Jennifer V. Abrams
, Vincent Mayo
and Brandon Leavitt
have extensive Trial experience, but will only recommend going to Trial when it is in your best interest.
"Never in my life did I ever think I'd be going through a divorce at 54 years old. I feel I was very lucky to find such a caring law firm to explain the entire process to me even before I hired them, and their website is full of useful information. Attorney Mayo and the staff at this Firm are very attentive to my needs and financial situation in order to serve me the best. Yes, they are more expensive than other attorneys I have spoken to, but their experience in this field is extensive, which has given me the strength and confidence to make it through this VERY difficult time in my life. I gave this firm 5 stars because of their professionalism and the way they handled my case. I would highly recommend them to anyone going through a divorce."
- Carol D.