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Uncontested or contested divorce in New York

Getting married and getting divorced takes two people—but it only takes one to turn the dissolution of a marriage into a battleground. Of all the issues associated with divorce, the one that best defines the situation is whether the divorce will be uncontested or contested[H1] .

As the largest family law firm on Long Island, we have handled thousands of divorce matters of all kinds for people from every background. Basic issues that must be agreed upon or decided in any divorce include the following:

  • Grounds for divorce
  • Child custody and visitation arrangements
  • Payment of spousal and child support
  • Distribution of property and division of assets

Uncontested divorce

Spouses who can work together, or with their attorneys to make solid, satisfactory agreements can obtain an uncontested divorce. Uncontested divorces are predictable, obtained more quickly, cost less money, and leave less emotional damage. Uncontested divorces do not create winners and losers, and provide a better beginning for children of divorce.

Contested divorce

Contested divorces occur when spouses cannot agree. Couples can try to resolve differences through negotiation, mediation, or the collaborative divorce process. However, choosing litigation from the outset is sometimes a better approach for couples with clear, entrenched disagreements. Although more costly and time consuming, divorce litigation is effective in deciding contentious issues and finally resolving a marriage.

Most people going through a divorce would prefer an uncontested divorce. But if that is not possible in your case, choose an experienced attorney ready to fight for the results you need.


[H1]http://www.nycourts.gov/divorce/info_faqs.shtml#What%20is%20the%20difference%20between%20a%20Contested%20and%20an%20Uncontested%20Divorce?

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