As a Rochester Divorce Attorney, the most commonly asked question is, “What is the difference between an uncontested and a contested divorce?”
- Most clients say theirs will be amicable and uncontested – but the terms are considerably different.
- Your divorce is uncontested when you serve your spouse and he or she just lets the divorce go ahead. They don’t hire a lawyer, submit an answer, or come to court.
- In a contested divorce, your spouse hires a lawyer who submits an answer. Then, both sides – represented by lawyers – negotiate the important issues, including the children, money, and property.
- The essential difference is that in a truly uncontested divorce, the served party does nothing, while in a contested divorce, the other party responds and participates in negotiations.
Are you trying to decide on the best type of divorce for you and your spouse? Contact experienced Rochester Divorce Attorney Michael Ranzenhofer for help.