Family Law

Help In A Contested Divorce

Divorce can be one of the most heartbreaking experiences you may 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 contested divorce attorneys can represent your interests in court and advocate for a favorable resolution on your behalf. We have earned a stellar reputation for our strategic representation and results-driven counsel, and 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 may also 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.

Compassionate Support When You Need it Most

At Hedtke Law Firm, we understand the physical and emotional stress that divorce can place on a person, and we are 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.

Child Custody

Helping You Address Parenting Time & Visitation
Hedtke Law Firm is dedicated to protecting parental relationships and promoting a child’s welfare. When it comes to child custody, parenting time, and visitation, couples often engage in prolonged disputes and hostile court battles. We want to help families avoid the ugliness of divorce by finding balanced and fair solutions to custody matters. Turn to an experienced child custody lawyer at our law firm for skilled representation.

Determining Child Custody in CA
Although it is better when both parents can agree on custody matters, if they cannot agree on a custody arrangement it will be up to a judge to decide on what’s best for your child and your family.

Child custody requires that parents decide on matters such as:

        • Decisions regarding the child’s health, education, etc.
        • Where the child will live
        • When and how long each parent will spend with the child
        • Logistics of transportation between each parent’s homes

Put the control back into your family’s hands and navigate your custody discussion with our firm. From legal custody to physical custody, sole custody to joint custody, we can steer you towards an arrangement that works for both parties.

Modifying Custody Orders

Custody orders can be modified if either party relocates or there is a change in circumstances since the final order was created. When your current circumstances have changed and you need to modify your custody arrangements to reflect this change, we can help you file the necessary paperwork and seek approval from the court.

It is important that you work with an attorney who will be honest with you throughout your case. At our law firm, we are always straightforward in letting you know what to expect, how this will affect your children, and your available options. We provide an objective perspective so you can make balanced decisions with confidence.