Contested vs. Uncontested Divorce

Divorce is a significant life event that can take various forms, depending on the circumstances and the willingness of both parties to cooperate. At the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, we believe in providing you with the information you need to make informed decisions about your divorce. On this page, we’ll explore the key differences between contested and uncontested divorces to help you better understand your options and choose the path that’s right for you.
Contested Divorce:


A contested divorce is a legal proceeding in which one or both spouses cannot agree on essential aspects of the divorce settlement. These disputes typically revolve around issues such as child custody, property division, spousal support, or other relevant matters. In a contested divorce:


1. Conflict and Disagreements: Spouses are unable to reach a mutual agreement on key divorce-related issues, leading to conflicts and disputes.

2. Legal Proceedings: The divorce may involve litigation, court appearances, and negotiations, often resulting in a more adversarial process.

3. Court Intervention: The court plays a significant role in resolving disputes and making decisions when the parties cannot agree.

4. Timeline: Contested divorces can take longer to finalize due to the need for legal proceedings and negotiations.

5. Legal Costs: Legal fees and court costs can be higher in contested divorces due to prolonged proceedings.

Uncontested Divorce:


An uncontested divorce is a divorce in which both spouses can agree on all essential issues, including child custody, property division, support, and more. In an uncontested divorce:


1. Mutual Agreement: Both parties agree on the terms of the divorce settlement, reducing conflict and tension.

2. Simplified Process: Uncontested divorces typically involve less legal intervention and court appearances, making the process smoother.

3. Quick Resolution: Uncontested divorces often finalize more quickly, allowing both parties to move forward sooner.

4. Lower Costs: Legal fees and court costs are generally lower in uncontested divorces, as there is less need for extended legal proceedings.


Which Option Is Right for You?


The choice between a contested and uncontested divorce depends on your unique situation and the level of cooperation between you and your spouse. Here are some considerations:


 Contested Divorce: If you and your spouse have significant disagreements and cannot reach an agreement on key issues, a contested divorce may be necessary to protect your rights and interests.

– Uncontested Divorce: If you and your spouse can work together to reach an agreement, an uncontested divorce can save time, reduce costs, and minimize stress.


Our Guidance and Support:


At the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, we are here to provide legal guidance and representation tailored to your specific circumstances, whether you are pursuing a contested or uncontested divorce. Our experienced attorneys will work with you to navigate the divorce process, protect your rights, and help you achieve a resolution that aligns with your goals.


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To discuss your divorce options and determine which path is best for you, please contact us to schedule a consultation. We are committed to providing you with the support and legal expertise you need to navigate your divorce successfully.

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