Dissolving Marriage

Dissolving a marriage is as unique as the union itself, and couples often navigate divorces in different ways. While some part ways amicably, arriving at mutually agreeable divorce terms, others find themselves entangled in significant disputes at every juncture.

When couples approach us seeking a divorce, one of the key considerations we explore is how they wish to proceed—whether through an uncontested or contested divorce. What’s the differences between the two? 

Understanding Uncontested Divorce:

Uncontested divorces unfold when both parties can collaboratively reach an agreement outside of court on the various issues that arise in divorce proceedings. Uncontested divorces allow negotiations to be agreed upon behind the scenes- before officially filing in court. This approach offers the advantage of sidestepping prolonged hearings, and the fees that come with them. It also signals a voluntary commitment to resolving issues, alleviating some of the stress associated with litigation.

However, the flexibility of uncontested divorces comes with a trade-off; there are no rigid timelines to propel the process forward. While couples in agreement can expedite the divorce, those facing disagreements may experience a protracted process due to the absence of strict deadlines.

Understanding Contested Divorce:

Contested divorces transpire when one or both parties hold conflicting views on crucial matters, such as alimony, the division of marital assets and liabilities, and, in cases involving minor children, child custody and support. In contested divorces, resolution often necessitates a trial, where a judge intervenes to settle the contentious issues.

Engaging in a contested divorce can be a prolonged and emotionally taxing journey. Parties involved may find themselves presenting their cases in court, vying to persuade the judge in their favor. Given the complexities and stresses, it’s crucial to enlist the support of an experienced divorce attorney. A skilled attorney can guide you through the legal intricacies, safeguard your rights, and work towards a fair resolution of the disputes at hand.

Your Options:

An uncontested divorce always proves to be a simpler and more direct route compared to its contested counterpart. The client saves time and money, bypassing the need for a trial or extensive legal proceedings.

Furthermore, an uncontested divorce tends to be less emotionally taxing, especially when both parties maintain an amicable demeanor throughout the process. Overall, it offers a beneficial option for couples who can cooperate and agree on all significant aspects of ending their marriage. 

Obviously, an uncontested divorce is dependent on your spouse’s willingness to cooperate. Often our clients face variables beyond their control, making a contested divorce the only viable option. In both cases, contested or uncontested- the experience and expertise of your attorney is directly correlated to the outcome of your case. If you don’t feel comfortable after a consultation with your attorney? Don’t hire them. If you feel you’ve made an error and retained the wrong attorney? Seek a second opinion. 

Let’s Discuss Your Case

Is your spouse making things difficult? Call and schedule your free strategy session today! With over 25 years of local experience, Patricia and her team are Jacksonville’s best source for answering your divorce related questions. As Jacksonville’s preeminent legal counsel in the field of Family Law, we represent women and men facing divorce in Duval, Clay, and St. John’s counties. 

Practice Areas

• Divorce
• Custody/Timesharing
• Alimony
• Child Support
• Division of Assets/Liabilities
• Paternity
• Department of Revenue

• Modification
• Relocation
• Contempt
• Enforcement
• Department of Children and Families
• Guardian/Attorney Ad-Litem
• Domestic Violence

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