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What Is The Difference Between an Uncontested Divorce vs Contested Divorce?

An uncontested divorce, often referred to as a “simple divorce,” occurs when both spouses amicably agree on all issues related to their divorce. This option is best suited for a mutual end to a marriage without any major involvement with court and litigation.

A contested divorce is when both spouses dispute some, if not all, key aspects of their divorce, such as:

If both parties are unable to come to a mutual agreement regarding their divorce issues, they may end up in court where a judge gets involved in making these important decisions. This kind of divorce includes increased legal fees, longer court proceedings, and often results in higher stress levels.

With over 60 years of combined legal experience, our highly-skilled contested divorce attorneys in Bergen County are ready to effectively assist you throughout the entire process. Call today to discuss your case during a free case evaluation with our New Jersey family law firm.

What Does The Contested Divorce Process Entail?

If there is no way of avoiding a contested divorce, you must be prepared to undergo rigorous court proceedings.

Spouses must go through various steps before divorce is finalized, including:

  • Prepare, file, and serve the divorce petition
  • Respond to the petition
  • Hire an attorney
  • Gather information from your spouse and third-party witnesses (depositions, subpoenas, written questions, etc.)
  • Attend pre-trial hearings and legal motions
  • Conduct settlement proposals and negotiations between attorneys
  • Prepare for trial (if settlement fails)
  • Attend court trial
  • Appeal, if a dispute with judge’s decision occurs

Free Consultation From Experienced NJ Divorce Lawyers

As demanding as the procedure may appear, Sherwood, Johnson & Poles can provide the answers you need for your questions and calm you concerns to help ensure that you’ll make the appropriate decisions toward a brighter future.

So don’t wait to schedule your complimentary case consultation immediately!  Evening appointments available.