Uncontested vs. Contested Divorce
When two people are looking to dissolve their marriage, it can be a painful process for everyone involved. However, despite what the media may imply, not all divorces are drawn-out battles between the husband and wife. The amount of time and money spent on legal separation can affect the choice as to whether you want an uncontested or contested divorce.
If you and your spouse are able to discuss your plans for separation, you should consider an uncontested divorce. An uncontested divorce means that the man and woman have agreed on every single item to be divided, as well as things like child custody, if applicable.
Sometimes, an uncontested divorce doesn't mean that the split was amicable. A mediator, counselor, or other third party can help a couple work through their issues long enough to make the agreed division of the assets. This is because uncontested divorces usually save time—and therefore money—that can come from the couple's estate.
Contested divorce is the more dramatic, drawn-out form of legal separation. These cases must be taken to court to devise a plan for the couple to split child custody and support, as well as make plans for such things as alimony and debt allocation. This can be the more expensive form of divorce, as it involves litigation.
While contested divorce may seem less desirable than uncontested proceedings, it can be helpful for people who are not equal in their relationship. For example, a spouse who has been a victim of domestic violence may benefit from the process of using the power of the court to reach a fair distribution of assets.
Whether you are considering a contested or uncontested divorce, it is important to have the help of an experienced attorney. Contact the knowledgeable Denton divorce lawyers of Alexander & Associates today by calling 972-420-6560.
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