Should You Contest Your Divorce?

contract-408216_1280So, you have been served with divorce papers. Now, you’re wondering what you should do next. The first, primary decision you will have to make is whether or not you want to contest the divorce. If the divorce comes as surprise, you may want to ask yourself if the marriage is over for you. If you do not feel that it is, you may want to try reconciliation. Of course, you must also prepare for the possibility that reconciliation is not an option for your spouse.

An uncontested divorce is certainly the simpler, less stressful option. It means that there will be less to negotiate, and less, if any, arguing. Some are so eager to be finished that they will let the divorce go uncontested and give in to all demands. However, even if a divorce begins without contesting, that does not mean that it will remain that way.

So that you’re not altering agreements and contesting all along the way, make the decision upfront. Here are some things to know prior to making your decision to contest:

A contested divorce will probably cost more money. You need an attorney to help you through the litigation, and cost will depend upon many factors, some of which are out of your control.

A contested divorce may take longer. Some contested divorces resolve themselves relatively quick because spouses are in agreement on most details. At other times, negotiations can be slow.

Contested divorces can be more difficult. If you disagree on property and asset division, finances, or time with children, you will need a lawyer to help you negotiate. Those negotiations can be stressful.

None of these things should stop you from contesting if that is what is necessary to get all you need out of the divorce. If you’ve been served with divorce papers and are still trying to decide if you should contest, call us at Miller Law. We can help you through the entire process, from deciding on the very first step and onward.


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