Issues with Contested vs. Uncontested Divorces

Basically every divorce will have disagreements of some kind. Whether each spouse has their own ideas over how to divide the property, who will maintain primary custody of their children or how much alimony or spousal support will be paid by a given party, there are likely to be some differing opinions to deal with in the divorce process.


However, “contested” divorces go beyond mere disagreements. There is always the option to settle disagreements out of court, with each party managing to compromise or find arrangements that work for both parties. This is an uncontested divorce, a divorce that does not have to go to trial. These divorces generally move through the court system significantly faster, and are a much easier and less stressful process on both parties involved.


In a contested divorce, there is going to be a lot more confrontation and a lot more time spent in court. These types of divorces tend to be more emotional and contentious and involve more complex legal issues. The financial stakes of the divorce may also be greater, which is most likely the impetus for the divorce going to trial to begin with.


It is generally advisable for parties going through a divorce to attempt to work out their differences out of court, as it saves a significant amount of time, money and stress. Arbitration and mediation are two options available in such circumstances, which give each spouse a chance to sit down in a supervised setting with or without their attorneys present to hammer out some of the details of their divorce settlement. Uncontested divorces create less hostility and make it more likely that you will be able to maintain a cordial relationship after the divorce.


Whether your divorce is contested or uncontested, you’ll need a reliable attorney to protect your best interests. Speak with a respected Minnesota divorce attorney at Appelhof, Pfeifer & Hart, P.A. today.

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