When spouses get divorced, there are typically only two types – contested and uncontested. If you and your spouse agree on all major issues, you will have an uncontested divorce. Uncontested divorces tend to take less time and involve fewer complications, making it easier for the process to be finalized relatively quickly. However, if you and your spouse disagree on even one key issue, you will have a contested divorce.
More About Their Differences
The biggest difference between a contested and uncontested divorce is the time it takes for the divorce to finalize. Moreover, because they often take less time, an uncontested divorce also incurs fewer legal costs. The longer a divorce takes, the more legal fees can rack up, resulting in a higher price tag. Additionally, when both spouses in a divorce are in agreement, they can avoid having to attend too many court hearings. The judge on your case will simply need to ensure that both parties understand the terms of their divorce decree and approve it.
If you have a contested divorce, it means you and your spouse disagree on at least one major issue, such as:
- Property and asset distribution
- Child custody and visitation
- Debt allocation
- Child support
- Spousal support
Even if you disagree on one or more of these issues, you do not necessarily have to go through divorce litigation to resolve them. If you and your spouse agree to choose another method, such as collaborative divorce or mediation, you can still resolve your divorce much more quickly and for a lower cost. However, this will only work if you are both open to compromise and willing to negotiate with each other.
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Whether you are filing for a contested or uncontested divorce, the experienced family law team at Barach Law Group LLC can provide the exceptional guidance you need to get through it as efficiently as possible. Backed by more than two decades of experience, you can rely on our ability to secure the best possible outcome for your case. We understand how difficult this process can be, which is why we are committed to offering strong legal support to every client who seeks our help.