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Contested vs. uncontested divorce: Is one easier than the other?

On Behalf of | Sep 8, 2023 | DIVORCE - Divorce

These days, no amount of time seems enough to complete everything we have to do. Having said that, people always look for more efficient alternatives in every situation, and the same applies to divorce cases.

Whether the reason is to have more time to deal with the marriage’s breakdown or to simply save costs, finding an easier and more efficient divorce option is something many parties venture into. To reach this goal, many look into whether an uncontested divorce is easier than a contested one and vice versa.

Diving into their differences in terms of ease and duration

When there are fewer issues to resolve, the process is generally quicker. Accordingly, uncontested divorces are simpler and faster compared to contested ones because parties have already agreed on the terms without needing the court to decide for them. The only thing the court would have to do is review the settled terms and approve, modify or reject the same.

A contested divorce is trickier and longer since the court would have to lay all the facts down, consider all the circumstances and decide on several aspects of the marriage, such as property division, child custody and support. The duration would likely be longer if the parties continue to disagree.

There is no one right way to go about divorce

While uncontested divorces are generally quicker, it does not mean that it is the appropriate divorce method for everyone. Sometimes, a contested divorce is more suitable, given the unique circumstances of each divorce case.

To determine which method is the best for you, you must look into the available factors and choose the process that would maximize benefits and protect your best interests.