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Contested vs. Uncontested Divorce
Individuals going through a divorce may have a contested divorce or uncontested divorce. The pivotal difference between these two types of divorces is whether the spouses agree on the key issues involved in their divorce.
Graham Law Firm represents individuals going through both types throughout the Northern Virginia area. We can help determine whether a contested or uncontested filing will best suit the needs of our client. However, we can assist parties in reaching a settlement in either type of case.
For assistance with your divorce and to find out whether you should proceed under a contested or uncontested divorce, schedule a family law consultation with Graham Law Firm.
Legal Issues Involved in a Virginia Divorce
Marriage is a legal contract between two individuals. When one of them wants to absolve this legal partnership, there are many financial considerations regarding this transition. Families are often involved in divorce, creating even further implications. Some of the legal issues involved in a Virginia divorce include:
- Division of marital property
- Division of debt
- Spousal support
- Child support
- Child custody
- Child visitation rights
- Applicability of any pre- or post-nuptial agreements.
A contested divorce arises if the parties are unable to reach an agreement regarding any of the issues discussed above. Even if the parties agree to the majority of key issues, the one issue to be determined by the court makes the case a contested divorce.
An uncontested divorce occurs when the parties are able to reach an agreement regarding the key issues discussed above. Uncontested divorces provide a number of benefits to individuals who can work out an amicable solution. Uncontested divorces are typically less expensive than contested divorces since the legal fees associated with them are less. Uncontested divorces are settled out of court, reducing additional costs. Additionally, an uncontested divorce helps the couple disentangle themselves from each other more quickly than a long, drawn-out court battle. Divorce settlements are reached in private often through mediation or negotiations.
About Our Northern Virginia Family Law Firm
At Graham Law Firm, we’ve helped thousands of families in the Northern Virginia area reach mutually beneficial divorce settlements. We look out for you, which is why we always try to settle marital disputes through efficient and effective negotiations.
Uncontested divorces may not be suitable for certain situations such as when the parties have widely opposing views or when abuse has occurred in the marriage. Contact a knowledgeable family law attorney from Graham Law Firm to schedule a private consultation regarding your divorce options.