Divorce is overwhelming in every sense of the word. It’s emotionally difficult, financially stressful, and legally complex. All these factors can make you feel like there are too many things to consider or too many avenues available to choose from. 

To alleviate those feelings, let’s look at the first choice available to you when it comes to divorce, namely, whether your divorce will be contested or uncontested. There are many differences between them, but they both reach the same goal of eliminating your legal obligations to your spouse and helping you plan for what comes next. 

Here, we’ll discuss the differences between contested and uncontested divorce and how your personal situation might influence your choice. We’ll discuss the benefits of agreeing with your spouse on certain key issues while acknowledging the difficulties that can be involved. Basically, we hope to educate you on what you’re likely to encounter in a standard Washington State divorce case. At John L. Davis PLLC, we can simplify divorce so you stop feeling overwhelmed. 

Contested Divorce

Contested divorces are what you’d think of as “normal” divorces. Both parties aim to end the marriage and set a plan for what will happen to their children and property. It becomes “contested” when the spouses can’t or won’t agree on one of those key issues. In those cases, hearings and extensive paperwork are usually required. 

Contested divorces can be lengthier, more expensive, and more emotionally draining to the parties involved. They often require lawyers, mediators, and financial analysts to help resolve essential issues. This leads to higher court fees for both participants and prolonged litigation that can negatively impact your family. If children are involved, these issues can be particularly taxing because money, time, and energy are always on the parent’s minds. 

Uncontested Divorce

An uncontested divorce, on the other hand, is a dissolution of marriage in which both parents agree on all of the key issues. The paperwork is generally more straightforward, which reduces the wait times, and they can be much less expensive because negotiations and court appearances are reduced. 

Uncontested divorces have a reputation as an amicable avenue that spouses can explore to reduce the negative effects of divorce on their children. Long, expensive, or aggressive divorces can hurt kids the most and cause educational or behavioral problems later in life. With this in mind, John L. Davis PLLC recommends an uncontested divorce whenever possible. Unfortunately, this is not always possible for every situation. 

Choosing Contested or Uncontested Divorce

Divorce is a deeply personal matter, but it is also a legal issue. Decisions must be made about the future of your family and property. While it might feel overwhelming, remember that having the right legal guidance can ease your process. If you’re uncertain about which path to take or need assistance navigating Washington State divorce laws, reach out to us at John L. Davis PLLC. Call us at (360) 597-4740, and let us guide you through this challenging time so you can move on with your life. 

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