Contested vs. Uncontested Divorces

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When a couple makes the decision to get a divorce, there are a variety of factors that need to be handled before the divorce can be finalized. Some couples handle the issues surrounding their divorce differently than others because everyone’s situation is different. Some couples come in with everything pre-determined. They know exactly what they want and agree that this is how they want these matters handled. However, other couples may find themselves fighting every step of the way.

An uncontested divorce is a situation in which the spouses can agree on the various issues surrounding their divorce on their own without a judge deciding everything for them. These factors that must be sorted out include the division of assets and liabilities, spousal maintenance, and if applicable, child custody, visitation, and support agreements. Some couples may go through forms of alternative dispute resolution such as mediation or collaborative divorce in order to come to an agreement. They may be able to use these methods to take a contested matter and find a resolution on their own.

Unfortunately, some couples simply cannot come to a decision on the issues surrounding their divorce on their own. It is understandable that compromising on an aspect of the life you are so used to is difficult and many people don’t want to give that up. This is even more difficult when the aspect in question is children. The idea of not being able to see your children every day can be hard for many parents and this is one of the most contested matters in many divorces. The court will ultimately decide what they believe is in the best interest of the children, even if their decision does not line up with your own.

If you have questions about your divorce, it is important that you consult with an experienced divorce and family attorney who can provide you with assistance.

If you need strong legal representation regarding matters of divorce, family law, and estate law, contact the Law Offices of Susan A. Kassel, P.C. to schedule a consultation today. 

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I hired Susan to represent me in a divorce matter where I was fighting for custody and to limit my wife's equitable share of our assets. I won custody of our son, kept the marital residence, kept my professional practice, kept my building and paid less than half to my wife. This was after a long-term marriage. She could persuade the court that equitable is not equal and sometimes the man does deserve to win!

‐ Dave

I first must say that I had been represented by two prior attorneys both of whom had simply taken my money and left me nothing to show for it in my custody case. They kept telling me what they were doing for me but I found out they were lying. Susan on the other hand had gotten me temporary custody and support for my children and myself within two months of hiring her. I cannot say enough about her.

‐ Craig

After talking to a few other attorneys, I hired Susan to represent me in my divorce and custody dispute. I was reluctant to go with her because she was the cheapest out of all the other attorneys I met with, but I'm so glad I did. I am 100% positive no one else would have done such a great job with my case as Susan and her staff. Her work is quality, her staff is reliable and her character is honorable. There...

‐ Linda

I had a very difficult case where I had already burned through two attorneys who were unable to get me custody of my children and complete my divorce. Susan was able to rapidly work out an agreement and not let it just malinger on like my previous experiences. She was also considerate of my financial situation unlike all of the other lawyers I had spoken to. I highly recommend her if you want complete and caring service with an in-depth knowledge of...

‐ Joanne


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