What is the difference between a contested and uncontested divorce?

Every couple has their own way of dealing with marriage. If situations arise that cannot be resolved, they may have their own way of dealing with the divorce process. While some couples are able to remain civil with one another and even still good friends, others cannot do the same. Some couples even go so far as battling issues out in court in a dramatic manner. While we want to ease any divorce situation, we will fight for the best outcome for you and your family. Divorces can be contested or uncontested. Some divorces can start as uncontested and turn into a contested divorce if couples cannot agree on certain terms. An uncontested divorce is when a spouse files for divorce and both spouses are able to agree on the terms to the divorce. These terms can include child custody arrangements, child support, alimony, the division of assets and more.

If couples cannot agree on the terms to the divorce regarding various factors then they may enter into a contested divorce. This means that they will have to go through litigation to decide on certain factors. These factors can include child custody arrangements, the division of assets, alimony and more. With a judge’s decision, the spouses will have to abide by the court-ruled decisions. This can help to settle issues between the divorcing individuals. They decisions will be made so that they no longer have to fight over it with their spouse. This can help to ensure the safety of children that are involved in divorce.

How can mediation benefit me?

Before couples decide to contest a divorce, they should consider mediation as a way to solve their issues. Through mediation, they will be accompanied by a neutral third party. This individual can help guide the conversation to reaching solutions for the couple and their divorce issues. By being in control of the outcome, the spouses may be more satisfied with the final agreement. In litigation, a judge decides on these matters, which leaves spouses with little control over the situation. Therefore, they may not be satisfied with the outcome. Mediation encourages couples to work together with many benefits to it. Spouses can maintain a respectful demeanor with one another since they will not have to fight in court. They can discuss their concerns regarding the terms to their divorce in an honest and open manner. With this process, cooperation of all parties is needed.

If you require compassionate and knowledgeable legal guidance for a matter of divorce, family or estate law, please contact the experienced attorneys at the Law Offices of Cynthia L. Hanley today. Our firm proudly serves clients in Mansfield, Massachusetts and throughout Bristol County.