Texas Uncontested Divorce & Contested Divorce Lawyer
Galveston, Texas Uncontested and Contested Divorce Attorney Representing You
There are few things more challenging in life than going through a divorce. Indeed, no individual who enters into a union plans to one day terminate that marriage, yet for some couples, dissolution of the marriage may be the only course of action after attempts at reconciliation have been terminated.
If you are filing for divorce in Galveston, our attorneys at the law offices of Tad Nelson & Associates can assist you in understanding the difference between a contested and an uncontested divorce, and represent you in either.
Uncontested Divorce – the Simplest Way of Ending Your Marriage
An uncontested divorce is a type of divorce in which the petitioner (the person who filed for the divorce) and the respondent (the other spouse against whom the divorce is filed) are in agreement about the terms and conditions of the divorce, including, but not limited to:
- Child custody;
- Child support;
- Spousal maintenance; and
- Property division.
When this is the case and the respondent is an agreement with the petitioner, the respondent will sign a waiver that permits the case to be finished without their participation. Then, the agreement will be presented to a judge, who will likely approve it.
Uncontested divorce is by and far the least expensive and least stressful way to end a marriage, as an uncontested divorce:
- Is faster;
- Avoids litigation;
- Keeps a child from being put in the middle of fighting parents; and
- Mitigates expensive court, filing, and legal fees.
While you should still hire an attorney to review the stipulations of a divorce settlement before it is finalized, cooperation between a couple from the get go is always ideal.
Contested divorce, on the other hand, is just the opposite: the petitioner files a petition for divorce that outlines how they believe that the divorce should be settled, and the respondent disagrees with the terms of the divorce. A contested divorce is a much more complicated type of divorce, and can take much longer to resolve. When a divorce is contested from the get-go, couples are highly encouraged to engage in mediation or negotiations with each other in order to reach an agreement and avoid going to court.
However, sometimes the relationship that exists between a couple is so destroyed that civil conversation and negotiation is impossible, and a contested divorce must go to court and be litigated. When this is the case, a judge will determine how all issues in a divorce will be settled, ultimately issuing a divorce settlement.
Our Lawyers Are Here to Advocate for You
At the law firm of Tad Nelson & Associates, our experienced divorce attorneys have more than 60 years’ worth of combined legal experience, and have handled both simple and complex divorce cases over the years. Whether you are seeking an uncontested divorce, or you are involved in a highly stressful and negative contested divorce proceeding, we are here to help you. We have litigation experience, and know how to achieve the results our clients are looking for.
To learn more, please contact us today by email or by phone to schedule your initial consultation.
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