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Uncontested and Contested Divorces: What are the Differences?


Regardless of the reasons that you and your spouse are pursuing a divorce, sometimes splitting up really is the best way to have a happy ending. For many couples, however, the divorce process is not always so happy and it can be difficult to agree on many significant issues. For others, both parties want as little conflict as possible and the divorce is over almost before it started.

Perhaps you've heard the words 'contested' and 'uncontested' and aren't really sure what they mean and how they relate to you. Since your divorce will be put in one of these two categories, it can be helpful to understand the nuances behind each term.

Uncontested vs. Contested Divorces

When a divorce can be resolved quietly by both spouses, it is considered an uncontested divorce. In these cases, the involvement of the court is not required to split up martial property or settle custody orders.

Many couples find that an uncontested divorce is advantageous because it generally costs far less and it leaves the decision-making up to the spouses.

If your marriage is already on rocky ground, there is a good chance you will find yourself in a contested divorce. Trying to come to terms that are satisfactory for both you and your spouse may be almost impossible when tempers are running high. The court essentially has the final say-so as it relates to your property, children, debt, and support orders.

When significant wealth or complicated decisions are involved, a divorce may become contested. Children and custody decisions can also make it difficult for spouses to agree on the same things.

Whatever the current relationship with your spouse, Mathur Law Offices, P.C., can help you navigate the divorce process and craft a solution that works for your unique circumstances. We have nearly 20 years of experience at our disposal.

Contact a Dallas divorce attorney from our firm today!