Contested vs. Uncontested Divorces

Posted by Martin Heller Potempa & Sheppard, PLLC on June 8, 2022

Even under the best circumstances, a divorce is never easy. They typically aren’t quick or inexpensive, either. However, divorces can vary from couple to couple, and some will be far less stressful than others. There are many different factors that can affect how smoothly your divorce goes, one of the most significant being what you and your spouse agree or disagree on. Because of this, a contested divorce will look very different from an uncontested divorce.

If you’re considering getting a divorce in Tennessee, learn more about contested vs. uncontested divorces. 

Contested Divorce

In a contested divorce, you and your spouse disagree on one or more aspects of divorce. Some of the issues you or your spouse may disagree on include the following:

If your divorce is contested, you and your spouse will need to show that there are sufficient grounds for the divorce. This requires the divorce to be based on fault by one of the parties. There are various grounds for divorce in Tennessee, including adultery, habitual substance abuse, cruel and inhumane treatment, and abandonment.  

Uncontested Divorce

Unlike a contested divorce, in an uncontested divorce, you and your spouse can come to an agreement on the various aspects of your divorce. When you and your spouse are in agreement on everything related to your divorce, you may have a no-fault divorce caused by irreconcilable differences. 

Benefits of an Uncontested Divorce

As there are no disagreements in an uncontested divorce, these divorces can be much smoother than a contested divorce. Typically, uncontested divorces are less expensive and are resolved faster, as the parties involved do not have to settle their differences and may not have to go to court. While an uncontested divorce can be a less stressful process, you should still have an experienced divorce attorney on your side who can help you through it. 

Benefits of a Contested Divorce

Of course, many couples want to make their divorce as easy as they can for themselves and their families. However, as many know, this is not always possible. Just because an uncontested divorce can be beneficial for some, doesn’t mean it will help you reach the outcome you want for your divorce. The decisions you make during your divorce should not be considered lightly, and if you’re opposed to something, you need to stand up for yourself. While a contested divorce can be more complicated, there are many cases where this type of divorce is necessary. Having a divorce attorney assist with your contested divorce can help you handle any of the complications you may face.

Contact a Nashville Divorce Attorney Today

Divorce can be extremely complicated and emotional, even when you and your spouse agree on everything. Everyone’s situation is unique, but whatever you’re going through, our experienced divorce attorneys can help. We can work with you throughout this process and guide you through every aspect of dissolving your marriage.  

If you’ve decided that getting a divorce is in your best interest, the divorce attorneys at Martin Heller Potempa & Sheppard, PLLC can help. Contact us today.

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