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What is a contested divorce?

Earlier this year this Tennessee family law legal blog discussed what it means to pursue an uncontested divorce. Essentially, an uncontested divorce is one in which the parties agree on all legal matters relevant to the end of their marriage. They have no conflicts regarding how their property will be divided and are struggling with no disagreements about their finance and other divorce-related issues.

Conversely, then, a contested divorce is one in which a conflict exists between the parties. The conflict could be isolated to a single issue, such as how the partners will share the custody of their kids, or many conflicts may be present in all of the legal matters that they must settle to end their marriage. Since custodial matters cannot be dealt with in uncontested divorces, any couple that has minor children will have to pursue a traditional contested divorce path to end their marital relationship.

Experiencing a contested divorce, though, does not mean that the parties have to prepare for ongoing battles. Even when partners have very different ideas about how their post-divorce lives should look they can find common ground and negotiate respectfully with each other. Contested divorces may be marked by conflict, but by approaching them with civility all parties may emerge with satisfactory resolutions to their divorce-related concerns.

When facing a contested divorce with potentially difficult conflicts, individuals can prepare themselves by securing the support of strong legal advocates. Family law attorneys are useful advisors and counselors for men and women who are ready to divorce but who do not know how to approach the intimidating process of ending their marriages.

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