CONTESTED - UNCONTESTED
An uncontested divorce is one in which the parties reach an agreement on all issues. Yet even the simplest and most cordial of divorces require the proper legal paperwork. It is important to make sure that all your documents are in order before proceeding to court for a divorce.
In some instances, both parties may agree on how they want everything to be resolved, but still need help implementing the resolution properly. Some examples include dividing certain assets, such as real property or retirement accounts, or instituting a complete parenting plan. These complicated issues require the work of a legal professional.
Divorce is an incredibly sensitive and potentially complicated situation. It is natural that people will not be able to agree on everything. Child custody and visitation, child support, alimony, the division of marital property, real property, retirement accounts, even who gets the dog: these are all commonly contested subjects. If you believe that you and your spouse will not be able to reach an agreement regarding any aspect of the ending of your marital relationship, it is important that you have a legal professional retained to represent you.
Mediation is the most common process by which parties attempt to resolve the contested issues in their divorce and reach a mutually agreeable resolution, and is typically required by the courts before a divorce case can proceed to trial. When attending mediation, it is important to have an attorney by your side to advise you on your rights and whether or not the proposed resolution is something you should accept.
If all attempts at negotiation, mediation, and settlement fail, then your case will proceed to trial for the court to decide the issues. Divorce trials are arduous and complicated affairs that should not be attempted without a legal professional advocating on your behalf.