If you are in the early stages of planning for divorce or you are already in the middle of the process, there are various factors to go over. For example, certain divorce issues such as child custody require additional consideration. According to the Texas State Law Library, some couples agree on every issue related to child custody and move forward with an uncontested divorce, also known as an agreed divorce.
If you and your spouse agree on custody matters and other facets of your divorce, you can work through your divorce more efficiently. However, some couples cannot agree on key issues, resulting in a contested divorce.
Is an uncontested divorce appropriate?
Make sure you pore over all of your options and carefully discuss relevant end of marriage topics with your spouse. Unfortunately, some people agree to an uncontested divorce without realizing what is at stake or understanding how various divorce affect their future. For example, some people reach an agreement with their spouse and decide not to file a response, known as default. However, if you are not familiar with what your spouse is requesting in his or her divorce complaint, an unfavorable outcome is possible.
Preparing for a contested divorce
If you and your spouse are unable to find common ground on various divorce topics, especially those regarding the custody of your children, you need to prepare for a contested divorce. As opposed to uncontested divorces, the process of a contested divorce is often more complex and time-consuming. Review all of your options closely, try to safeguard your ability to maintain a healthy relationship with your kids and prioritize your child’s best interests.