Family Law Attorneys in Las Vegas
Information on Contested Divorce
A Contested Divorce is when you and your spouse are unable to resolve all outstanding divorce related matters, including child custody and support, division of assets, allocation of debts, and alimony terms and amounts. The state of Nevada is a "No-Fault" state, which means that you cannot challenge your spouse's wish to dissolve the marriage. You can, however, dispute the terms of the divorce related matters mentioned above.
Despite the label, contested divorces don't have to be acrimonious. Experienced Family Law attorneys in Las Vegas know that most new divorce cases start out as contested divorces. These cases are often resolved after successful negotiations between both spouses and the Las Vegas divorce attorneys
We Offer Two-Hour Consultations
You deserve more than a simple introductory interview. We begin your divorce case with a two-hour enhanced consultation at our law offices. We believe it's critical to your case that we have an in-depth understanding of the nuances of your unique circumstances.
Frequent communication between you and your family law attorney in Las Vegas is critical to the successful conclusion of your divorce case. Your active participation in conferences, court hearings, and depositions is strongly encouraged. You will need to authorize all divorce document filings, approve the method used to serve divorce papers to your spouse, and review all important communications sent to the divorce attorney of your spouse.
Opening Case Document Court Filings
The nuances of every contested divorce case are distinct. The strategy employed for your case will be personally created by your Las Vegas family law attorneys, Jennifer V. Abrams, Vincent Mayo or Brandon Leavitt. While the strategy developed for your case will be unique, most cases begin with an initial document filing of a Summons, Complaint, and Joint Preliminary Injunction. These initial court document filings are critical to your case as they ensure your rights are fully protected from the outset. If a divorce filing is inevitable it is to your advantage to file first. The reasons for this can be complex and are best explained by one of our divorce attorneys in a formal consultation. Learn more about our two-hour divorce consultations from a divorce attorney in Las Vegas
Service of Process to Your Spouse
Delivering the divorce documents to your spouse is called "Service of Process" and is the next step in your contested divorce. The method used to serve your spouse should be selected only after careful consideration. Proper execution of the service of process will help set the stage for the rest of your divorce proceedings.
Gathering Important Information and Financial Documents
The next step in the process is known as "Discovery". The goal of the discovery process is to collect all the information that pertains to your divorce case. Your spouse must provide access to all information requested as part of the discovery process. Despite what your spouse may believe, the law is very clear on this matter. If your spouse refuses to provide the requested information, the information will be subpoenaed, or a court order will be used to force your spouse to provide the required information.
The amount of time required for the discovery process varies based on the quantity of information requested and the activities required to obtain that information. In most cases, discovery can range from a few weeks to a few months.
Resolving Your Divorce Matter
Contested divorce cases are resolved in one of two ways, either through a negotiated settlement or as the result of a trial.
Negotiated settlements are agreements through communications by the Las Vegas divorce lawyers representing both you and your spouse. Your divorce case can be settled at any time if both you and your spouse choose to do so. If your spouse chooses to be contentious or difficult throughout the process, it will require more time to resolve your case. A negotiated settlement is typically the preferred approach to concluding your divorce case. In a negotiated settlement, the outcome of the case is known and the terms and conditions can be tailored to your benefit.
If an agreement between you and your spouse cannot be negotiated, your case will go to trial. There are no juries for Las Vegas divorce trials. Rather, your case will be heard before one of the Clark County Family Court judges. While our family law attorneys in Las Vegas, Jennifer V. Abrams, Vincent Mayo and Brandon Leavitt have substantial experience arguing divorce cases at Trial, a recommendation to go to Trial will only be given when it's 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.