What is the difference between contested divorce and uncontested? Do you need to file for a divorce? Are you confused as to what type of divorce to file? Today we will review the difference between contested and uncontested divorce.
Contested divorce is when you and your spouse cannot agree on one or more terms of the divorce settlement. Divorces are usually contested when factors such as alimony, child custody, child support, debt disputes, and division of assets are involved. The more shared investments a couple has, the more complicated the divorce can be. Children and money are the two main reasons couples fight. Each spouse wishes to obtain custody of the children and each spouse also wishes to protect what they deem as their “fair” portion of the shared assets. Contested divorces tend to take a long time to settle and are very costly due to the litigation fees. Contested divorces also are disruptive to children’s lives and add stress to the family household. It is always recommended to try to resolve differences between your spouse and yourself outside the courtroom. Settling outside the courtroom is in the best interest of both parties as it will save money and reduce stress.
Uncontested divorce is when your spouse and you come to a mutual agreement on all terms of the divorce settlement. This is the best way to settle a divorce and the most common way to file for spouses who do not have children and many shared assets. Uncontested divorces are finalized quickly and will not cost you an arm and a leg to file. In fact, filing an uncontested divorce is very affordable and relatively simple to file.
In Virginia, residents of Virginia can file for an uncontested divorce with any court of the state. To make it even easier, The Law Office of Attorney Michael Ephraim has a custom built software program that is designed to speed up the filing process with the courts. We specialize in delivering clients fast uncontested divorces. However, our office can also handle contested divorce. If you wish to speak to one of our highly experienced attorneys, please contact our office at (703) 635-7980.