Contested VS Uncontested Divorce in Texas
Know the Difference Before You Begin
The differences in contested and uncontested divorce can affect the length of time you spend in the legal process, the stress and energy of conflict resolution and the out-of-pocket expenses involved in a court proceeding. Our Fort Worth divorce lawyers at The Clark Law Firm can work with you to find the smoothest, quickest resolution to you divorce so both parties can move forward. We understand how stressful it is to go through a divorce and we want to ease that stress by handling the legal process for you.
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Contested Versus Uncontested Divorce
For the purpose of simplicity, it is easier to define uncontested divorce first, and then dive into the aspects of a contested divorce.
An uncontested divorce is a simple divorce in which both parties agree on ALL issues required to conclusively and effectively end their marriage, without dispute. This refers to both amicable divorces as well as divorces where all issues are resolved outside of court without the need for a judge.
A contested divorce is one in which the parties cannot agree on one or more of the key issues to terminate their marriage. In this case, if the parties cannot come to an agreement, even with the assistance of their lawyers, they must meet with a judge. This can be a lengthy, expensive and exhausting process.
Issues that may be of conflict include:
- Child custody and support
- Property division
- Asset distribution
- Debt distribution
A divorce may begin as an uncontested divorce but in the process of the divorce, one or both parties finds themselves disagreeing, at which point it becomes contested. Conversely, a contested divorce may change to uncontested if the parties can come to an agreement on all issues before proceeding to court and without appeals once the divorce is filed.
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