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Texas Divorce 101: Contested vs. Uncontested Dissolutions

When a divorce is on the table, there are one of two ways to go. In the state of Texas, you and your spouse can choose to proceed with an uncontested divorce, or take the path of a contested divorce. Both of these options come with their own sets of benefits, so let’s explore each one a little further to determine which one might be right for you.

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When You Want to Get Along

Just because you are getting divorced doesn’t mean that you and your spouse are fighting day and night. Quite the contrary, couples who wish to remain friends after their break can go through their divorce proceedings with an amicable and cooperative attitude.

This scenario is where an uncontested divorce would serve both parties best. Essentially, an uncontested divorce takes on the form of mediation rather than a legal battle. Both sides work toward the same goal and generally have the best interests of their children as their number one priority. Although things might be friendly, it’s still smart to work with a lawyer just to make sure everyone sticks to their side of things.

When Issues Are Tense

A contested divorce in Texas can take a lot longer and often involves disagreements and custody battles. Depending on the situation it might actually be better for you to fight for what you want, even though it can come at a high cost. If you have brought a substantial amount of wealth into the marriage, or there is a history of abuse, you should take every opportunity to negotiate your side of things. Any chance that your soon to be ex-spouse may not keep his or her word is incentive enough to choose a contested divorce.

A contested divorce will require the assistance of a lawyer to file all necessary paperwork and make sure you are getting what you are after. Whether it’s certain assets or sole custody of your children, a contested divorce is your best bet to get what you want.

If you’ve decided that it’s time for a divorce, whether friendly or not, you’ll need the help of an experienced lawyer to navigate the process of paperwork and negotiations involved in a Texas divorce. The team at Goldsberry & Associates will work with you during a contested or an uncontested divorce and help you to reach the outcome that you desire.

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