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Contested Versus Uncontested Divorce

Divorcing spouses can have either a contested divorce or an uncontested divorce. A contested divorce occurs when spouses cannot agree on the terms of their divorce. For example, if you and your spouse cannot agree on a child custody arrangement, you would have a contested divorce, even if you agree on every other key issue. An uncontested divorce occurs when both spouses agree on the terms of their divorce. Even if you and your spouse are in agreement, however, you should still consult with a divorce attorney to ensure the terms of your agreement are in your best interests.

Understanding the Difference

A contested divorce is typically a lengthier process compared to an uncontested divorce, especially if you go through litigation. However, for couples who are unable to negotiate using alternative methods of divorce, litigation is necessary to reach a resolution. In a contested divorce, a judge will make decisions regarding:

  • Spousal support
  • Child support
  • Child custody
  • Property and asset division
  • Debt division

Many of these issues are sensitive topics, so contested divorces are not uncommon in the world of family law.

Uncontested divorces, on the other hand, are much more efficient and less costly. For spouses who do not have children or complicated finances, uncontested divorces are more common. With fewer things to dispute over, it is easier to agree to the terms of a divorce. That said, mistakes can be made in the process of filing for a divorce and you might unknowingly make an error that delays the finalization of your divorce, so it is crucial to hire an experienced attorney even in an uncontested divorce.

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If you are getting a divorce, you can rely on the team at Letterio & Haug, LLP to guide you through it. Whether you need have a contested or uncontested divorce, our attorneys will provide you with the exceptional legal guidance you need to get through this process as smoothly as possible. With over 15 years of combined legal experience, you can feel confident in our ability to represent you.

Contact our law office today at (845) 203-0997 to schedule a case review with one of our trusted attorneys.