What is a contested divorce?

The term “contested divorce” means the parties are unable to come to a complete resolution of all terms related to their divorce. Most contested divorces result in both parties needing an attorney to represent their respective interests. If your spouse has an attorney on their side and you cannot come to an agreement, you should have an attorney helping you also.


The decisions you make during a divorce will have an effect on the next phase of your life – life after divorce. Sam and Dani will help you make those decisions calmly and thoughtfully.


Who should you hire to do your contested divorce?

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What is a complaint for Divorce? What is Discovery in a divorce?

A contested divorce usually includes the filing of complicated legal pleadings in which the parties respective rights are asserted and protected. Contested divorces also include lengthy discovery in which Interrogatories, Requests for Admission, and Request for Production are served on each party. How you answer these discovery requests can have a direct impact on the result of your divorce, and they should not be taken lightly. Even after these requests are completed, discovery is usually not over.

Dani and Sam's experience includes high-asset divorces with complex financial issues, which has earned her a reputation in both Gadsden and throughout the State of Alabama. She is also experienced and knowledgeable in Alabama Divorce Law. Call 256-547-1005 or contact us by email for an appointment.



The most common items that are contested in a divorce in Alabama include:

  • Custody of the children
  • Payment of alimony
  • Division of marital property
  • Visitation with the children
  • Payment of child support

What is a deposition?

It is commonplace for depositions to be taken where the parties are required to questioned in person and under oath by opposing counsel. These depositions can last anywhere from a couple of hours to an entire day or more. Your answers at the deposition are transcribed by a court reporter, and can be used against you later at the divorce trial. You don’t want to try to handle this discovery process on your own without competent divorce counsel who has been there before.

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What is divorce mediation? Should I mediate my divorce?

After discovery is completed, your case is set for trial at the courthouse in front of an Alabama family court judge. Often, the family court judge will Order the parties mediate their case in an effort to resolve their differences before the judge will hear the trial. Again, divorce attorneys representing both sides will represent the parties at mediation, and advise their respective clients as to their rights.



If mediation is unsuccessful, or is never ordered, the case will finally go to trial before the family court. At trial, attorneys present evidence through witnesses, including their clients. Divorce attorneys make relevant objections to keep out evidence that is inadmissible, and make legal arguments based on Alabama statutory and case law to support their clients position. Ultimately, the judge will have the final decision as to all aspects of the divorce decree.

Contested divorces are often highly contentious and should only be undertaken with the assistance of a competent divorce attorney. If you are going through a contested divorce in Alabama or the Gadsden area, contact the divorce litigators Dani V. Bone & Sam D. Bone at to discuss your case at (256) 547-1005