Whether you just received a divorce petition from your spouse or are about to file one yourself, understanding the difference between contested and uncontested divorce is vital if you want to obtain the best outcome in your case. Today, we're here to explore the distinctions between the two types of divorce, so you can choose what's best for your family.
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Uncontested Divorce: The Run-Down
You can only file for an uncontested divorce if you agree with your spouse on how to handle all divorce-related processes, including property division, child and spousal support, and child custody.
If you disagree on terms on any of these issues, you'll need to file for a contested divorce instead.
Uncontested divorces are typically significantly cheaper than contested divorces. Because uncontested divorces get resolved outside the courtroom, you don't have to pay for attorney and court fees that are often associated with the divorce process. Additionally, uncontested divorces are often more private, since a divorce handled outside the court won't be made a matter of public record for anyone to access.
Contested Divorce: The Run-Down
If you disagree with your spouse on any divorce-related matters, you need to file for a contested divorce. This involves attending a number of court hearings during the divorce process to determine how to proceed with matters such as custody while the divorce is underway, culminating in a trial where the court will issue a decree that finalizes the terms of your divorce.
Contested divorces are generally more expensive and combative than uncontested divorces, but may be preferable for spouses who have a difficult relationship or need additional legal protections.
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