What You Need to Know about Contest and Uncontested Divorce
At Burrows Law Group, our family law attorneys have been representing families throughout North Texas in Texas family courts for years. Thanks to our board-certified family law specialist and legal team’s expertise, our law firm has become known for our firm, compassionate strength in providing legal counsel and representation in Texas divorce cases.* It’s our promise to put our knowledge and experience to good use in every case, aggressively representing each and every contested or uncontested divorce case brought to us.
What You Need to Know When Filing for Divorce in Texas
To file for divorce in the State of Texas, one must have grounds for divorce. Grounds for divorce may include: insupportability, cruelty, adultery, conviction of a felony, abandonment, living apart and confinement to mental hospital. For a divorce to be complete, the following issues must be agreed upon:
- Alimony (i.e., spousal maintenance or spousal support)
- Property Division
If children are involved in the divorce, an agreement regarding the following matters will also need to be agreed upon:
Contested vs. Uncontested Divorce in Texas
If you are considering divorce, it is important for you to understand the difference between contested and uncontested divorce in the state of Texas.
- Contested Divorce – Contested divorces are generally more difficult and costly than uncontested divorces. A divorce is considered contested when post-marital issues cannot be agreed upon outside of court. At this point, the courts must get involved to hear testimony and determine how things will be divided and what will happen with any children involved.
- Uncontested Divorce – An uncontested divorce is granted when post-martial issues (listed above) are resolved among the divorcing parties, without involving the court. This is preferable, especially when children are involved.
Since uncontested divorce in Texas avoids the adversarial win-lose approach to divorce, most couples choose to go this route. However, in cases involving domestic violence, abuse or infidelity, a litigated divorce is recommended.
Contact Us Regarding Your Contested or Uncontested Divorce Today
If you are considering divorce, it is important to meet with an experienced legal professional before taking action. A reputable divorce attorney will be able to help you prepare your case, and, should your divorce be contested, he or she will be there for you throughout the trial. If you are seeking legal counsel in North Texas, call the divorce lawyers at Burrows Law Group at 972-703-4004 or contact us here. Whether your divorce is contested or uncontested, we will review your case and guide you through the legal process.