Contested Divorce vs. Uncontested Divorce

Posted By The Law Offices of Frank F. Ali || 6-Mar-2014

There is more than one way to dissolve a marriage in divorce. Depending on the circumstances, two spouses can get a divorce amicably without going to trial, or they can take the matter to court and let a judge make the final decisions. These are known as "uncontested" and "contested" divorces.


Most people think of contested cases when they hear the word "divorce." The first thought that pops into your head may be a heated courtroom case between two spouses who are fighting over who gets the house, who gets which car, who gets the children – but the truth is that most divorces are uncontested.

Uncontested divorce occurs when two spouses agree to get divorce and then work out each area of their divorce agreement between them. Uncontested divorce cases can be accomplished through mediation, where a certified mediator guides both spouses through the divorce process without favoring either party, or through collaboration, where each party retains their own attorney for counsel only and not representation.


Any divorce that involves dispute or disagreement in any area must be taken to court and is therefore a contested divorce. Most people try to avoid divorce litigation whenever possible because it takes longer and costs more than collaborative divorce or divorce mediation. Contested divorce involves court fees, lengthy trials, and waiting on court schedules. When an uncontested divorce is not possible, however, divorce litigation is necessary in order to get the results that you need.


The Law Offices of Frank F. Ali can provide the answers, the guidance, and the representation that you need to determine whether you should pursue an uncontested or a contested divorce. Attorney Frank Ali strives to help his clients achieve the best possible solutions for each of his clients and will work with you to protect your best interests. Divorce is not pleasant or easy, but with Roseville divorce attorney Frank F. Ali by your side, the process can run as smoothly as possible.

Call now at (916) 745-8444 to contact us and schedule your initial consultation!

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