Uncontested or Contested Divorces


Going through a divorce can be one of the most stressful times you’ll ever experience. In addition to the emotional and financial pressures it can cause, the process of going to court and getting a divorce decree can become complex, especially when children, property, and marital debt are involved. Not having an attorney who can recognize these issues quickly can cost you more time in court, more expenses, and most importantly, positive results.

In any divorce, there will be some key issues that the court must decide as part of its final divorce decree. These major issues include:

  • The grounds for divorce
  • Custody of the children
  • Child support
  • Visitation
  • Division of marital property and debt

A divorce can either be a contested divorce or an uncontested divorce. An uncontested divorce is a divorce in which you and your spouse either (1) have no major issues that need to be decided by the court other than the divorce or (2) can agree on all the major issues of a divorce. An uncontested divorce is the least expensive and time consuming way to reach a divorce, and can even be achieved in one court appearance. In Texas, an uncontested divorce can be achieved using the following documents:

  • Settlement agreement
  • Inventory and Appraisement
  • Parenting Plan
  • Final Divorce Decree

A contested divorce is simply a divorce in which both spouses cannot agree on all the major issues concerning a divorce. While contested divorces may be complex in some instances, having the right attorney can help you navigate the process and achieve the best outcome for you and your loved ones.

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