What exactly does a contested divorce entail and about how much is a contested divorce? 11 Answers as of February 18, 2014

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Diane l. Berger | Diane L. Berger
It entails you telling your story and your spouse telling his to the court. The cost would depend on what is involved.
Answer Applies to: Nebraska
Replied: 2/18/2014
Law Office of Annette M. Cox, PLLC
Law Office of Annette M. Cox, PLLC | Annette M. Cox
Contested means that the two of you do not agree to the terms of the divorce. The cost of that divorce depends on what issues are involved.
Answer Applies to: Arizona
Replied: 2/18/2014
GordenLaw, LLC
GordenLaw, LLC | Vanessa J. Gorden
A contested divorce is one in which an answer is filed and there is a fight about some issue - debt, assets, custody, child support, visitation. Contested divorces can cost anywhere from a few thousand dollars to hundreds of thousands of dollars, depending on the situation. Hiring a lawyer is not like buying a loaf of bread at the grocery store, where the store wants to sell it to you, the product is well-defined, and there is a fixed price. In a legal case, there is someone on the other side trying to prevent you from getting what you want at every turn. The amount of money or seriousness of allegations in issue, tactics employed by the other side, your level of information and organization, and the amount of attention you require from your lawyer vs. what you can do on your own all affect how expensive your case may be.
Answer Applies to: Nebraska
Replied: 2/18/2014
Law Office of Karen A. Clark, L.L.C.
Law Office of Karen A. Clark, L.L.C. | Karen A. Clark
Usually, the primary issues that one contests in a dissolution are child custody, child support, the possibility of spousal maintenance, and the division of property.
Answer Applies to: Washington
Replied: 2/18/2014
SHAPIRO LAW GROUP | ERIC L. SHAPIRO
A contested divorce is any divorce where the parties have not agrees on the terms of settlement (ie. custody, child support, splitting up of debts and assets and alimony). The amount it will cost is dependent on what you are fighting about.
Answer Applies to: Georgia
Replied: 2/18/2014
    John Russo | John Russo
    Contested that's a simple phrase, means contest, people are contesting the outcome, not in agreement, get the drift? Depends on the facts and the issues, but it would start at around 10 k and up, and that's only a retainer, trials are a lot of work.
    Answer Applies to: Rhode Island
    Replied: 2/18/2014
    Peters Law, PLLC
    Peters Law, PLLC | Mark T. Peters, Sr.
    A contested divorce means the other party is saying no or is asking for something different. It will cost however much the attorneys charge for going through all of the issues.
    Answer Applies to: Idaho
    Replied: 2/18/2014
    Law Offices of Arlene D. Kock
    Law Offices of Arlene D. Kock | Arlene D. Kock
    The parameters of the contested divorce are without boundaries.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 2/18/2014
    Mediation Services of Southwest Florida
    Mediation Services of Southwest Florida | Dennis J. Leffert, J.D.
    A contested divorce means the spouses disagree on, perhaps, everything like dividing up the assets and debts, time sharing with the children, if there are minor children, child support, spousal support (alimony), etc. Perhaps mediation might help. Mediation is fast, effective and affordable. Attorneys do not have to be involved, thereby saving thousands in legal fees.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 2/18/2014
    James T. Weiner & Associates, P.C.
    James T. Weiner & Associates, P.C. | James T. Weiner
    A contested divorce is when one party fights the divorce (e.g. wants to stay married or does not agree to a property settlement). The costs of a contested divorce can be cheap ($100,000) depending upon how much someone fights and what is at state.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 2/18/2014
    David A. Browde, P.C.
    David A. Browde, P.C. | David Browde
    A contested divorce is any case in which the two parties do not agree in advance on all issues. How much it costs depends upon two things: the hourly rate of the attorney(s) you hire and the amount of fighting that goes on before the case is resolved.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 2/18/2014
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