When it comes to getting a divorce, there are two common types of proceedings: uncontested and contested. While both types of divorce involve completing paperwork, filing with the court, and going through legal proceedings, there are some important differences you should be aware of when deciding which type of divorce is right for you.
An uncontested divorce is one in which both parties agree on the terms and conditions of the divorce without going to court. This typically involves pre-arranging matters such as property division, child custody arrangements, financial support payments and other related issues. Once all matters have been mutually agreed upon then all that’s left to do is submit paperwork with the court for approval. An uncontested divorce requires much less time than a contested divorce and is usually cheaper due to fewer court costs associated with this type of proceeding.
A contested divorce is one in which at least one party disagrees with something proposed by their spouse during the negotiation process. Usually this involves disputes over issues such as property division or child custody arrangements. In these cases, it may be necessary to file a lawsuit in order to resolve any disagreements before finalizing your marriage dissolution agreement. This can often take more time (sometimes several months) and cost more money due to additional litigation expenses involved when taking a case to court.
No matter what type of divorce you are considering, it’s important that you hire an experienced attorney who understands the nuances of family law in your state so they can help you make informed decisions during negotiations or litigation proceedings if need be. It’s also beneficial to determine how cooperative your spouse will be during negotiations—since cooperative agreements tend to lead to quicker resolutions—and how much compromise may be necessary on both sides in order for all parties involved (including children) to come out fairly after any settlement agreement has been reached.
In summary, an uncontested divorce is generally faster and less expensive than a contested one since there isn’t any conflict between spouses; however if disagreements arise then it may be necessary to pursue a contested proceeding in order for all issues to be resolved according to state laws governing divorces within your jurisdiction no matter which county residence(s).