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What is a contested divorce?

On Behalf of | Oct 19, 2023 | Family Law |

Like anything else, relationships often face their own set of challenges, and not all unions end amicably. When a couple decides to part ways, various legal options are available to them, one of which is a contested divorce. 

A contested divorce is a dissolution of marriage in which the spouses cannot agree on one or more critical issues. These issues typically revolve around property division, child custody, alimony and other contentious matters. When couples cannot reach a consensus, the case is taken to court, where a judge decides.

The process of a contested divorce

A contested divorce begins with one spouse filing a petition in a family court. The petition outlines the reasons for the divorce, any specific requests or claims and other relevant information.

After filing, the petitioner serves the divorce papers to the other spouse, who must respond within a specific timeframe. Both parties require information to support their claims during this phase. This can involve documentation, depositions and interrogatories.

The implications of a contested divorce

Contested divorces can be emotionally draining for all parties involved. The disputes and court proceedings can lead to increased stress and anxiety.

Moreover, contested divorces tend to be more time-consuming and costly than uncontested ones due to legal fees, court appearances and lengthy proceedings.

Not to mention that children caught in the middle of a contested divorce may experience emotional trauma and stress. Co-parenting and parenting time can be contentious, affecting the children’s well-being.

A contested divorce can be a challenging and emotionally taxing process, impacting the divorcing spouses and any children involved. Therefore, seeking legal counsel and considering alternatives is crucial to help reduce the stress and financial burden associated with contested divorces.