Contested Divorce

 Divorce can be one of the most heartbreaking experiences you can face, especially if your separation with your spouse should become contested. In the event that you and your spouse should be unable to come to a mutual agreement regarding the terms of your divorce, our San Luis Obispo contested divorce attorney can represent your interests in court and advocate for a favorable resolution on your behalf. Having earned a stellar reputation for our strategic representation and results-driven counsel, we have what it takes to help you get through this difficult time as smoothly as possible.

What Is a Contested Divorce?

While some couples are able to keep their separations out of court by collaborating together towards a mutually acceptable arrangement in an uncontested divorce, couples frequently find themselves at odds with each other over certain hot-button issues such as alimony, child custody, or asset distribution. In these instances, divorces may become contested and require court involvement in order to be resolved. Contested divorces can take much longer than uncontested divorces and involve steps similar to other types of civil trials, including:

  • Engaging in discovery
  • Gathering evidence
  • Interviewing witnesses
  • Pre-trial motions and hearings
  • Settlement proposals and  negotiations
  • Trial motions
  • Closing arguments
  • Appealing judge’s decisions

Once the trial is over, the courts issue a final order encompassing all of the judge’s decisions, and the divorce is finalized. Contested divorces can be extremely complex and must be handled by an experienced attorney in order to maximize your chances of securing a desirable outcome. Our attorneys can inform you of your rights and ensure you are fully protected at all times.

At Gillett Law, our San Luis Obispo contested divorce attorney understands the physical and emotional stress that divorce can place on a person and is committed to stand by your side during this difficult time. No matter how complex or sensitive your situation may be, we are committed to handling your case with the utmost professionalism and care you deserve. Having earned numerous positive client testimonials and a 2016 Avvo Clients’ Choice Award for our unmatched skills and knowledge, your case is sure to be in excellent hands.


Uncontested Divorce

Not all divorces have to turn into drawn-out battles in court. In fact, divorcing couples can save a considerable amount of time, money, and stress by collaborating together towards an uncontested separation out of court. If you and your spouse have decided to end your marriage, our firm’s knowledgeable San Luis Obispo uncontested divorce attorney can guide you and your spouse towards a smooth, collaborative separation and provide the compassionate support you need during this time.

Why Pursue an Uncontested Divorce?

Spouses can experience numerous benefits by pursuing an uncontested separation. By coming together and working out all aspects of a couple’s divorce, couples can greatly reduce the emotional turmoil of their separation and complete their divorce in just a few months – a vast difference from the potentially years-long process of a traditional contested separation. As uncontested divorces all but eliminate the need for courtroom involvement, this method can save couples from the immense financial burden of legal fees and court costs. Most importantly, couples who share children can use this as a means of staying civil and keep the door open to the possibility of a harmonious relationship further down the line.


In order to complete an uncontested divorce, couples must negotiate the following issues:

  • Spousal Support
  • Child custody
  • Child support
  • Asset and debt division
  • Visitation rights

It is important to remember that while uncontested separations are preferable, they require a considerable amount of patience and a genuine willingness from both parties to work together. While our firm is dedicated to exploring every opportunity to help you and your spouse reach a mutual agreement out of court, we are fully prepared to go the distance on your behalf to protect your interests should litigation be necessary.

Straightforward Advocacy for Your Divorce

At Gillett Law, we understand the struggles you face and are prepared to do everything within our power to help you get through this stressful time as quickly as possible. Unlike other firms that treat their clients like numbers, our San Luis Obispo divorce lawyer will dedicate the personalized attention to your case that it deserves and pursue a solution that best fits your needs. Nobody should have to carry the burden of divorce on their own. Let us help you navigate through the legal complexities of divorce so you can achieve much needed peace of mind.

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