Contested VS Uncontested Divorce: What You Need To Know

Divorce proceedings need not be acrimonious or too costly if you are well prepared.

Before considering divorce you may wish to consider separation with your spouse. If you wish to do so, it would be prudent to sign a Deed of Separation.

The Family Justice Courts are keen for parties to proceed on an uncontested basis i.e. to agree to the reason for the divorce and also agree to ancillary matters i.e. arrangement for the children and division of matrimonial assets.  This is in the interest of all parties especially the children.

Uncontested divorces cost considerably less than contested ones and the process is shorter. In fact, you need not personally attend Court hearings if it is uncontested and as your solicitors we will attend on your behalf saving time away from your family or work.

Even if proceedings start on a contested basis, you will have an opportunity to attend mediation sessions at the Family Justice Court. A District Judge will act as the impartial mediator to help parties resolve disputes pertaining to the divorce and ancillary matters. Hopefully, it can be resolved at this stage.

If the matter cannot be resolved amicably through mediation, in most cases there is still the benefit the narrowing down of the disputed issues. These unresolved matters can be finally decided at the divorce/ancillary hearing by a District Judge. We will help you through this entire process and guide you at every stage.

For assistance regarding divorce matters, do contact us to make an appointment.

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