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Understanding the Different Types of Divorce

July 2024


Ed Shea


Going through a divorce can be enormously difficult and confusing. With so much at stake, including assets, child custody, and your future livelihood, it's important to understand the terminology and processes involved in making informed decisions. Let’s look at the different types of divorce that may best suit your needs.

1. Uncontested Divorce

An uncontested divorce is often considered the simplest option. It occurs when both spouses agree to end the marriage and settle matters such as asset division, alimony, child support, and custody without trial. Because you’re not fighting over these details, the process tends to be faster and less expensive. One species of uncontested divorces is the collaborative process where both parties agree to resolve all issues outside of the court system.

2. Contested Divorce

It arises when both parties cannot agree on issues like asset division, debts, alimony, and child custody. Without agreements, divorce proceedings become much more complex, take longer, and cost more in legal fees as you build your case.  In these cases, parties can go to mediation and with the help of a third party experienced in family law cases, can help the parties/attorneys reach agreements.

3. Default Divorce

This refers to a case in which one spouse does everything legally required to finalize the divorce while the other refuses to participate in the proceedings.

Choose the Divorce Option That Best Suits Your Needs

Navigating the complexities of divorce involves understanding the options tailored to your circumstances. Ultimately, the goal is to ensure that the process, though difficult, leads to fair outcomes that prioritize the well-being of all parties involved. When faced with this situation, contact Shea Law. They can provide the support and guidance you need to protect your rights and interests during this ordeal.