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If you are going through a divorce and have determined that you must go to trial in order to achieve a fair and equitable outcome, contact the legal team at the Pazos Law Group today to discuss your case with a divorce lawyer in Miami. We will work with you to make sure that you are treated fairly throughout your trial, and that you are able to finalize your divorce with the certainty that you have reached an appropriate agreement in the Florida family court system. Our experience with divorce law will be a major asset to you while you are going through this stressful time, and we will work to be sure that the process can be as simple as possible. Contact us today for an initial consultation, and read more below to learn about a contested divorce in Miami.

What Is a Contested Divorce?

When a couple files for divorce, they may either choose an uncontested or contested divorce. In the event of an uncontested divorce, both spouses are able to agree on all of the major terms of the separation without the need for a trial. If this is not the case, and the spouses are unable to agree on things such as custody, alimony, child support, or the division of debts and assets, then it is likely that the divorce will need to go to trial. When a divorce requires a trial, it is called a contested divorce.

It is possible that you may be working through a contested divorce with your spouse, but ultimately come to an agreement and a final settlement before proceeding with a full trial. In other situations, you will not be able to reach an agreement before moving the case into a family court. In either case, having the support of an experienced divorce lawyer will be extremely important to ensure that you are being treated fairly by your spouse, their lawyer, and the courts.

What Is the Process of a Contested Divorce?

If you have found that you must continue with a contested divorce, there is a court process that you will follow. Divorce law in Miami is complicated, and when the divorce goes to trial, it becomes even more complex.


Each spouse must go through a discovery process, in which the courts will explore all relevant information to the marriage and divorce. This includes finances, assets, and all other financial situations. In addition, people familiar with the couple may be asked to make statements about the nature of the marriage during a deposition.

Trial Preparation

Depending on the information that comes to light during the discovery process, the work you will do with your divorce lawyer may vary greatly. During this preparation, your attorney may continue to work towards a settlement in order to avoid a full series of hearings or trial. During this time, you and your lawyer will identify your best outcomes for the trial, and work diligently towards building a case for those goals.


In the divorce trial, each lawyer will set out an argument for why their client is entitled to what they believe is fair. While waiting for the trial, you may have a series of hearings to address more immediate concerns regarding anything from child welfare to simple procedural issues.

During the trial, there will be cross-examinations, evidence presented, and anything else that will help each side build their case. Once each side is satisfied that they have fully presented their case, there may be additional rebuttals from each side, which can further lengthen the process.

After the final arguments from each side, the judge will determine a final outcome and their decision will be binding unless one side chooses to file an appeal.

Contact Pazos Law Group

Avoiding a divorce trial is the best possible outcome as you are moving towards a contested divorce. Whether or not you are able to achieve this goal, it is important to be confident in your legal representation. Our attorneys will work with you to get the best possible outcome for you regardless of the route you and your spouse take during this stressful process. Contact us today for an initial consultation.

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