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Uncontested vs. Contested Divorce

Uncontested vs. Contested Divorce

In any divorce there is bound to be some level of conflict. After all, you're committing to big decisions that have the power to alter the course of your future. Just how that conflict is handled, however, dictates the kind of divorce you can expect to have.

Each couple makes the decision to divorce with different expectations, especially in regards to property division. Maybe you just want the car and everything else can go to your spouse. Perhaps you're ready to fight tooth and nail for your fair share of all you've acquired over the years. Whatever your circumstances, it helps to be prepared and know what you're getting yourself into before the big day arrives.

What makes a divorce contested?

A divorce is contested when spouses cannot agree on issues which must be resolved before the separation is final.

These issues can include the following:

  • Child custody
  • Child support
  • Alimony
  • Property division
  • Debt allocation

If you're unable to settle on agreeable terms with the help of your own attorneys, your divorce will be handled in court. While divorce court isn't for everyone, many couples find that having an impartial third party supervise their affairs is the most effective means of parting ways.

A divorce that involves high net-worth often winds up in court. It is also not uncommon for custody battles to get pushed into court as well. Your choice of legal representation will inevitably impact whether you have to go to court.

Is my divorce uncontested if we agree on everything?

Essentially, yes. Uncontested divorces are much simpler and more peaceful. You and your spouse are able to resolve the terms of your divorce with little fanfare and the end result is one that you both feel comfortable with.

Uncontested divorces tend to be faster, cheaper, and easier on children. This is why it is imperative to choose an attorney who confidently represents your rights and will ensure that you don't wind up with the short end of the stick.

Our firm is staffed with knowledgeable divorce attorneys who have been serving the Fort Myers area for over a decade. Call us today to schedule your confidential consultation!