A contested divorce is when spouses cannot agree on one or more terms of the divorce, such as property division, child custody, who gets the house, who is responsible for the debt, or alimony. If a couple cannot come to an agreement, then they will have to go to court, where a judge will make the final decisions. Divorce court can be costly and time-consuming, which is why many couples try to avoid them. Hiring a lawyer can help couples come to an agreement and fight for their rights during a divorce.
What is an Uncontested Divorce?
In order for a divorce to be uncontested, both parties must agree on all terms of the divorce before filing. If even one issue is contested, then the divorce is considered contested. Once all issues are agreed upon, the couple can file for an uncontested divorce. Uncontested divorces are typically faster and less expensive than contested divorces since there is no need for a trial, motions, mediation, settlement conferences, or formal requests for information from the other side, known as “formal discovery.”
If you are considering getting a divorce, it is important to understand the difference between contested and uncontested divorces. If you can agree on all terms of the divorce, then an uncontested divorce may be the best option for you. However, if you have any disagreements with your spouse, or you feel like your spouse is not being fair in negotiating a divorce with you, then a contested divorce may be necessary. Contact us today to discuss your options.
Do I Need a Lawyer for a Divorce?
You are not required to have a lawyer to get a divorce; however, it is recommended that you at least consult with one. A lawyer can help you understand the process and ensure that your rights are protected. They can also help you navigate the legal system, which can be complicated and confusing. If you decide to hire a lawyer, make sure to choose one who has experience handling divorces in your state.
What Should I Look for in a Divorce Attorney?
When choosing a lawyer, it is important to find one who you can trust. You should also look for a lawyer who has experience handling divorces in your state. Another important factor to consider is the cost of the lawyer. Some lawyers charge by the hour, while others charge a flat fee. Make sure to ask about this before you hire anyone.
Our law firm is dedicated to helping our clients through the divorce process. We understand how difficult this time can be, which is why we offer a free consultation to discuss your case. Contact us today to schedule a time at 615-970-6448.