Most divorces will fall into one of two categories: uncontested or contested. An uncontested divorce is one that arises no conflicts between the spouses when deciding on important aspects of the agreement, like child custody or property division. Since an uncontested divorce typically moves through the entire divorce process much more quickly than a contested divorce, and therefore also usually costs less money to complete, the majority of divorcés want an uncontested divorce.
Of course, this is not always an option. Indeed, in many, many cases, two spouses cannot or will not see eye-to-eye on at least one issue, turning their divorce into a contested one. While this might not seem ideal, it is important to realize that a contested divorce isn’t “all bad,” as entertainment media generally portrays it.
Second Thoughts & Double Checks
Perhaps the best thing about a contested divorce is that it forces you to reevaluate the most crucial parts of your divorce. Rather than just nodding and signing an agreement to keep things quick, you will really need to think about what you have chosen as priorities. For this reason, the result of a contested divorce might actually be the most beneficial in the long run, no matter how the court rules. In an uncontested divorce, intentionally trying to avoid disagreements could mean things are being overlooked.
Utilizing and appreciating the benefits of any kind of divorce, though, will only be possible if you have a full understanding of your state’s divorce rules. Unless you have the time to work on a family law degree, you might be better off teaming up with our professional Worcester divorce attorneys from Murphy & Rudolf LLP. We have more than 50 years of combined legal experience and a history of case results that favored our clients. Whether you need someone to help you negotiate your way through a contested divorce, or a lawyer that is ready to stand up for your rights in court, we are the Massachusetts family law team you can lean on.
Contact us at your first opportunity to learn more about contested divorces and our services.