One of the Most Trusted Contested Divorce Law Firms in Virginia Beach Is Prepared to Battle for Your Rights

The most common and most potentially difficult types of divorce actions

Divorces fall into two broad categories: uncontested and contested. In an uncontested divorce, the spouses agree to all of the key issues related to their divorce, and the suit can typically proceed without a court appearance.

Many divorces, however, fall into the second category of contested divorce. In a contested divorce, the spouses cannot agree on at least one and usually several aspects of their divorce. When this occurs in Virginia, family judges and contested divorce attorneys in Chesapeake, Norfolk or the applicable region must help the couple reach a decision.

If you need a Virginia Beach, Norfolk or Chesapeake contested divorce lawyer, time is of the essence. Contact Harding, Harding & Harding Attorneys at Law today.

Contested divorce lawyers in Norfolk know what is at stake

No one wants any legal action to be any more difficult than it has to be. But a contested divorce can be quite difficult for everyone involved. It can take several months or longer to resolve and it can put everyone involved through a tremendous amount of stress.

But if two spouses want to end their marriage and cannot agree on the key provisions, there is no other alternative than a contested divorce. As one of the most experienced Virginia Beach, Norfolk and Chesapeake divorce law firms, Harding, Harding & Harding Attorneys at Law understand that a spouse seeking a contested divorce is out of options, and he fights tooth and nail to protect his client’s interests.

How contested divorces proceed

At the outset of any contested divorce, your attorney can outline the general steps and timelines your case is likely to follow.

  • The first stage of a contested divorce is a pendente lite hearing. The court decides on temporary living arrangements regarding matters such as child and spousal support and custody while the divorce proceeding is in court. The conditions of the final order for divorce may or may not change from the pendente lite order.
  • Next comes the discovery process, where the contested divorce attorneys learn about the assets and financial positions of the other side.
  • Finally, at an equitable distribution hearing, the judge permanently divides custody, spousal support and property.

Harding, Harding & Harding Attorneys at Law, Virginia Beach divorce attorneys brings more than two decades of experience to every contested and uncontested divorce we handle in Virginia.

One of the most trustworthy contested divorce law firms in the Virginia Beach, Norfolk and Chesapeake areas

If you require the services of an attorney who understands family law in Virginia, look no further. Contact Harding, Harding & Harding Attorneys at Law today online or at [ln::phone] to schedule a free consultation.

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