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What is the difference between a contested vs. uncontested divorce?

| Nov 20, 2020 | Divorce |

When couples decide to divorce, some want to keep the process amicable. They work together to divide their assets and reach a child support and child custody agreement. However, that is sometimes easier said than done.

A contested divorce

That’s why some divorces are contested divorces, where couples can’t agree on the terms of their divorce. One spouse may not want to get divorced at all. Or divorcing spouses may dispute who should get to keep the marital home or a beloved pet. Or one spouse believes they should receive spousal support while the other doesn’t want to pay for that.

A contested divorce can become complicated quickly. It can take up to 18 months to resolve. If you and your spouse are struggling to resolve your divorce, you’ll need the help of an attorney to settle your contested divorce. You want to ensure you have an advocate to help you get the best solution possible.

An uncontested divorce

Uncontested divorces happen when spouses can work together to resolve their divorce. Both you and your spouse need to approach the divorce with the same mindset: you are ready to move on and want to settle your divorce amicably. You don’t plan to use your divorce as a way to get revenge on your spouse. You want to keep your relationship with your ex civil to benefit your children.

Because you and your spouse are committed to divorcing amicably, your uncontested divorce is likely to take less time to complete. You also won’t spend extra money fighting each other in court.

Yet, you will still need an attorney’s help in navigating an uncontested divorce. You may choose to participate in divorce mediation. You also want to make sure your best interests are taken into consideration, and you and your ex divide your assets fairly. Even an uncontested divorce can become complex if you don’t have the right legal help.