In a contested divorce, the rights and obligations of the spouses going through a divorce are decided by a judge.
… and more things which the couple themselves could not decide.
While generally more time consuming than an uncontested divorce, a contested divorce can also be an extremely helpful choice. Here are some situations which make contested divorce a suitable decision.
To help you make an informed decision, here’s a brief overview of other choices you can make. But be aware that all these choices primarily require you and your spouse to be at mutual agreement on all aspects of the divorce. Failing to do so, none of these choices will be successful and choosing a contested divorce will be the way to go.
Here are the two main alternatives to contested divorce:
Uncontested Divorce : The appropriate thing to do would be to set all your differences aside, think logically and mutually decide upon your most pressing matters i.e your children and property - by yourselves and not spend too much time thinking about things that aren’t worth the time, money or effort. This will allow the divorce to move forward much more quickly.
Mediation: Your Divorce Lawyers will try to get a 3rd party Mediator involved with your permission. They will help you settle your differences and try to suggest an outcome that benefits you both. In many cases, this is successful and both partners are able to come to agreement before trial, again, making the divorce move forward much more quickly.
However, if all these methods fail and you and your spouse are unable to come to an agreement, your only choice is to hire a Divorce Attorney to proceed with the Contested Divorce.
Here is a short guide taking you through the steps of how the ‘Contested’ divorce works:
This is a short, quick overview as to how a contested divorce works. However, this is still a general overview and the divorce process can bring forth unforeseen circumstances and complications. Therefore, your best bet would be to hire your very own lawyer from Martin Vermaak Attorneys as we are Specialist Divorce and Family Law Attorneys and can start preparing for your divorce almost immediately.
Take the next step to resolving your issue by calling us on 011 875-4311 or by booking a Consultation and we will be in touch.