What is a Contested Divorce?
A contested divorce is when the parties cannot agree on a settlement. One spouse could contest the entire divorce, or simply the terms as it relates to the children or property distribution.
What Happens in a Contested Divorce?
It simply means, the parties will have to go to court. Going to court for divorce is not uncommon given the emotional nature of the case and the large number issues involved in getting a divorce.
How Long Does a Contested Divorce Case Take?
A contested divorce case can drag on for many months. Because of this, the courts may issue temporary orders that outline the care of children and how the bills will be paid while the official decree is still up in the air.
Can We Still Settle Out of Court?
No one wants to go to trial; it’s a long, expensive, uncomfortable process. Don’t give up on coming to an agreement even up to the day of the official judgment. Many contested divorces end with a settlement long before the court day arrives.