What is the Difference Between an Uncontested and Contested Divorce?

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If you are facing a divorce, it is important to understand the two types of divorce: uncontested divorce and contested divorce. To learn the differences between these types of divorce, continue reading. Reach out to our experienced divorce attorney if you require assistance with divorce or family law matters. Our legal team is prepared to support you through these stressful and overwhelming times. We understand all that is at stake when facing a divorce and will work tirelessly to achieve the best possible outcome for you and your family. Give our firm a call today to learn more about our services and how we can assist you.

What is an uncontested divorce?

Couples will have to agree on all divorce-related terms to successfully finalize an uncontested divorce. These divorce terms will include child custody, child support, the division of assets, alimony, and more. A contested divorce occurs when both spouses believe their marriage cannot be fixed and agreed to the settlement of their divorce. Spouses can choose to divorce through alternative methods such as arbitration, collaborative divorce, or mediation instead of litigation.

What is a contested divorce?

When spouses cannot agree on critical divorce terms, they enter a contested divorce which will proceed to divorce proceedings in court. The court will then focus on settling these contested issues. Spouses will have to attend a compliance conference where the judge will attempt to settle a divorce agreement. If the divorce can not be settled, the divorce will go to trial. At trial, the judge will hear both spouses’ needs and opinions regarding the agreement and settle the divorce after analyzing various documents, bank statements, and more.

If you are facing a contested divorce, it is important that you retain the services of an experienced New York divorce attorney. Our legal team at Barrows Levy PLLC understands all that is at stake in a contested divorce. We are prepared to do everything in our power to achieve the best possible outcome for your divorce. Our firm wants each of our clients and their families to be able to begin this new chapter in their life with peace, knowing their legal matters are in good hands. Give us a call today to schedule your initiation consultation. We are prepared to assist you, no matter the circumstances of your divorce.


Barrows Levy PLLC is a highly experienced New York law firm focused on providing quality legal services to clients in New York City and Long Island. If you need a Nassau County lawyer who has significant experience handling family and estate planning matters, we are ready to help. Contact Barrows Levy PLLC to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced attorneys today. 

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