One of the main questions we get from our Family Law clients is “What is the difference between a contested divorce and an uncontested divorce”. A contested divorce is one where the parties are not in agreement on
the terms of the divorce, property or asset division, child custody, child/spousal support etc.
An uncontested divorce is a matter where the parties are in complete agreement on all terms of the divorce but want to be represented by an attorney either to make sure the process is done correctly, or for peace of mind. Uncontested divorces generally move along faster than ones that are contested, although many factors can affect the overall time frame of a divorce matter.
Many Family Law clients go into a matter thinking it is an amicable, uncontested legal issue, only to have the situation sour very rapidly into a heated contested divorce or child custody dispute.
If you think you may have an uncontested matter but want advice on whether the agreement is fair or complies with the law, you should schedule a meeting with a divorce and custody attorney for review of the agreement.