If you have decided to go through a divorce, you'll need to start thinking about how you will approach the divorce process. Generally speaking, there are two main routes that you will be able to go down. You can either go through a contested divorce or an uncontested divorce.
An uncontested divorce means that you are willing to collaborate with your spouse to agree on a divorce settlement without the involvement of the courts. This is likely to involve alternative dispute resolution options. However, if you don't think that coming to a mutual agreement will be effective in your situation, you'll need to go through a contested divorce.
What is a contested divorce?
A contested divorce involves court litigation. It means that the court will need to be the intermediary who decides on how to settle issues such as child custody, child support, spousal support, asset and debt division and the payment of attorney fees.
What are the benefits of a contested divorce?
If you are unable to be amicable with your ex or you believe that they are making unfair demands, going through a contested divorce is likely to be the best choice for you. It will mean that you will be protected from bullying and toxic behavior and that you will be able to trust the courts to make a decision in your best interests.
Contested divorces are not for everyone: they can be lengthier and costlier than an uncontested divorce. However, if you want to make sure that you get the divorce settlement that you deserve, you may want to explore the possibilities that going through a contested divorce could present.