With every divorce case there are a few core issues that have to be addressed in order to finalize the divorce agreement. At the center of every divorce both parties must resolve four main issues including:
- Property division
- Division of assets and debts
- Child Custody
- Child Support and Spousal Support
While every divorce has its obstacles, there are two directions that you can take your divorce in order to get it finalized. The parties have an option to file for an uncontested or a contested divorce.
Benefits of Uncontested Divorce
If you believe that you and your spouse will be able to reach a mutually desirable outcome without having to go to court, then you could resolve your disputes through mediation. Uncontested divorce limits the amount of court involvement and gives the two parties more power and control over the final outcome of the case.
These types of divorces usually conclude faster than contested divorce because you don't have to wait for a scheduled court date. Uncontested divorce is also a more affordable option because you are not paying for attorney litigation fees for court. As experienced trial divorce lawyers we always recommend our clients to try resolving their divorce outside of court if at all possible. Not only does this reduce anger and hostility between the two parties, but it saves everyone time and money so you can get back to living your life quicker.
What is a contested divorce?
Our legal team also knows that uncontested divorces are not for everyone. If you have a complex, high net worth divorce case, then you may have no other option than to file for a contested divorce. With a contested divorce you are assigned a court date where both parties are expected to appear and the judge will hear both sides and make the final decision on the disputes at hand. You will most definitely want an aggressive attorney standing by your side in court to advocate for your rights and best interests. Contested divorce is complex in nature and without a lawyer on your side, the end result could be devastating. Attorney litigation fees can make contested divorce a bit more costly than if you were to pursue
alternative dispute resolution, but in some cases going to trial is unavoidable.
Find out which type of divorce is right for you! Our Birmingham divorce lawyers are highly trained family law professionals and we are driven to produce results for our clients. Whether you need to file for uncontested or contested divorce, we will be here to guide you every step of the way.
Contact Stephen F. Thompson, Jr., Attorney at Law today for top-notch legal counsel during this difficult time.