If you’re considering the possibility of filing for divorce with
a Baton Rouge
family law lawyer and want to understand the difference between a contested divorce
and an uncontested divorce, then this article should help to clarify the
differences between the two.
Understanding the differences between the two types of divorce before speaking
with an attorney who focuses on these matters will arm you with knowledge
and prepare you for your consultation.
Let’s face it, divorce is not pretty
regardless of which type it is, but often times, it’s
inevitable. People grow apart and sometimes things just happen.
Contested Divorce vs Uncontested Divorce: What is the difference?
There are many differences between an
uncontested divorce and a contested divorce. Both proceeding types are often emotional experiences
for the couples involved, but one type is more peaceful when compared
to the other. The difference between the two ultimately lies in the “communication” between the two parties involved -- the couple.
Uncontested Divorce = A Peaceful Resolution
Ending a marriage is not easy, especially when there are many emotions
involved, many years involved, and/or there are children involved, but
an uncontested divorce provides a more peaceful resolution to the ending
of a marriage. A peaceful resolution is particularly important when children
During an uncontested divorce, both parties agree that the marriage is
over and also agree to end their marriage on peaceful terms. The divorce
proceedings are easier to resolve because both parties are in agreement
with everything. This type of divorce proceeding is typically resolved
outside of the courtroom.
Contested Divorce = Trial
A peaceful resolution is the
ideal solution to the ending of a marriage. However, many times this is just
not possible for one reason or another. Emotions run high during a divorce
and things can get
complicated. When things get complicated and emotional, couples tend to disagree.
They may disagree on everything, which leads to an actual courtroom divorce
trial. Each party will enter the court room armed with their own attorney
who will fight for each of their rights, and the judge will then ultimately
resolve all of the unresolved issues at hand.
To learn more about an uncontested divorce or a contested divorce, or to
schedule a consultation with an attorney,
contact us today.