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Contested or Uncontested Divorce?

Everyone has a unique situation, so the method you choose to end your marriage will correspond with that. If you do not have to go to court, there is no real reason to pursue that avenue. Going to court (contested divorce) can take more time and money than pursuing uncontested divorce. However, if you know you and your spouse are not going to agree on all of the details and you know divorce is imminent, it is best to be proactive with your divorce process.

The best way to know whether contested or uncontested divorce is right for you is by contacting an experienced divorce lawyer. When you’re starting the divorce path, a lot of people ask about contested divorces and uncontested divorces and the differences between them.

A contested divorce is a good avenue for parties who disagree on the issues or the terms of the issues. Common issues that couples face during divorce include parenting plans and custody, division of assets and debt, and support payments such as child support or alimony. In a contested divorce, you may also disagree to the issues or the amounts or terms of those issues; however, spouses work together on an agreement without the help of the court’s help. 

At Miller Law Group, P.C. we start the case and file it as a contested divorce, and when everyone agrees at the end, we file a motion to modify it to an uncontested at the final hearing. So you may start on a contested track and then just file a motion to make it uncontested when you’re done.

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