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Comparing uncontested and contested divorce

Kentucky residents who are planning a divorce should explore their options thoroughly. There may be more available than they think, each having its own benefits that can suit a couple's unique situation differently.

Contested divorce is, according to the Legal Dictionary, one of the most common divorce options available. In this, a couple is not able to reach an agreement regarding vital parts of a split. This can include:

  • Child support
  • Alimony payments
  • Child custody
  • Visitation rights or schedules
  • Property division

If a couple can't agree on any of these matters, they will need to take their case to a divorce court. The judge there will then make decisions based on evidence presented and arguments made by each individual or their lawyer. 

Understandably, contested divorce cases can cost a lot of money and eat into a couple's time. Not only do they have to deal with all of the assorted legal fees, but they also have to tackle the drain of going to court and leaving the ultimate outcome in a stranger's hands.

This is where FindLaw says uncontested divorce and its benefits can come in. If a couple can come to an agreement on all terms of their divorce, they can bypass the court. This will save them both fees and time. It may require mediation from a third party, but if it can be done, it can be a streamlined way to divorce.

Considering the differences between these options, thorough research into both may be needed. After that, a couple can determine which will work for their situation with greater ease.

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