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Contested divorce: should I be worried?

On Behalf of | Jul 5, 2023 | Family Law

When going through a divorce, it is ideal for parties to reach an agreement on the first try. But with multiple issues to cover, it is not surprising if you and your spouse disagree on a term or two. When this happens, the divorce is already considered contested. However, it is not as bad as it sounds. In fact, it is a common occurrence.

A fully uncontested divorce is rare

Divorce involves discussing spousal and child support, parenting plans, prenuptial agreement, and property division, among other subjects. Many issues could come up during the discussions. For instance, one spouse may want more time with their child, while the other may demand more support. And this is normal.

What can you expect during litigation?

Knowing what usually happens during a contested divorce in court can help you set your expectations and ease your mind. For one, you should understand that the process can be prolonged. Since you and your spouse cannot agree on the terms, the court will decide for you. The court’s determination can take a long time since they will have to consider relevant documents, the parties’ statements and court hearings’ results.

Mediation can resolve the disagreement

While it is case-by-case, divorce parties can agree on a workable solution through mediation. Each party can work with their respective attorneys to settle and find common ground with the other party. Divorce parties often favor this method since it is time-saving and cost-efficient.

Ultimately, you do not need to worry too much about the nature of your divorce. Whether it is contested or uncontested, there will always be a way to resolve the disagreement. This can be through mediation or with the help of the court. If you want to know what course of action will serve your best interests, you may reach out to a family law expert for support.