What does an uncontested divorce mean?

When you hear that people can have a contested or uncontested divorce, you may think that this means they’re contesting whether or not to get divorced at all. For instance, one spouse may have filed for divorce while the other thinks they should stay together for the kids and try to save the marriage.

While some people do take these stances, that’s not what the legal grounds for a contested or uncontested divorce really mean. Connecticut is a no-fault divorce state and your divorce is not going to get denied by the courts. In the modern era, the courts are not in the business of making people stay in marriages that they want to leave, no matter what the reason is.

What it means to have an uncontested divorce is that you agree on the issues that surround a standard divorce. These are issues like property division, alimony (spousal support), child support and child custody. The two of you are already on the same page on these issues, and you want a fast, streamlined divorce.

A contested divorce, meanwhile, is still a divorce that is going to happen. Both sides know that. They just want to contest some of the legal ramifications of that divorce, perhaps fighting for more time with their children, a higher percentage of the marital assets or something else along these lines.

Both types of divorce have their place. No matter which one you decide to use to end your marriage, take the time to carefully look into all of the legal options you have so that you know exactly where you stand.