UNCONTESTED V. CONTESTED DIVORCE: WHAT IS THE REAL DIFFERENCE?
When you file for divorce, one of the first decisions you need to make is whether you should pursue a contested or uncontested divorce. Each option has its own benefits, and choosing the right one can help you achieve an optimal outcome in your divorce case.
Understanding Contested vs. Uncontested Divorce:
If you’re considering filing for divorce but have yet to begin the process, you may wonder what the difference is between contested and uncontested divorce.
In a contested divorce, the parties disagree on terms for one or more divorce-related processes (examples include: property division, child care and support, alimony, etc.).
Alternatively, in an uncontested divorce, the parties agree on terms for ALL divorce-related processes and the divorce at large.
Is Uncontested Divorce Right for Me?
You may want to file for an uncontested divorce if:
• You’re interested in saving time and money. An uncontested divorce typically costs significantly less than a contested divorce, and the process for finalizing the divorce can take less time because there is less back and forth between the parties disagreeing about terms.
• You’re on good terms with your spouse (and wish to remain that way). If you and your partner are amicable with one another and can agree on terms for the divorce, an uncontested divorce is probably right for you.