When it comes to divorce, you may have heard the terms "contested" and "uncontested" before. But do you know what they mean? If not, you are not alone. There is often confusion around what it means for your divorce to be contested or uncontested.
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At the Law Offices of Magnuson Lowell P.S. in Redmond, Washington, we believe you should enter into a divorce knowing as much as possible about the process. Understanding the difference between contested and uncontested divorce can help you make informed decisions that support your goals.
A contested divorce is any divorce in which the parties do not agree on every single aspect of the split. Even if you and your spouse disagree on only one thing, your divorce is considered contested. When a divorce is contested, the court will determine the final outcome.
There are several differences between a contested divorce and an uncontested divorce besides the fact that there are one or more factors the divorcing spouses disagree on:
As you might have guessed by now, uncontested divorce occurs when both parties agree on every aspect of their divorce. Sometimes this is possible through mediation and other collaborative divorce processes, in which a third party helps both spouses work toward a final agreement that is fair and favorable.
The benefits of uncontested divorce are numerous:
At our firm, we take an honest and straightforward approach to resolving divorce. Our lawyers will take the time to walk you through your options and the possible results of each, so you can make an informed decision.
However, we will never force you down either path. If you want to fight for your ideal outcome, we won't hesitate to take your case to court. The same will be true if you choose to seek the guidance of a mediator for a more amicable divorce.