Divorce is a climactic, life-altering event.
The consequences of divorce may be felt for years after the case is over. Issues of real property, personal property, alimony, debt allocation, the division of retirement assets, and more will all be decided by a stranger in the context of a divorce action. If children are involved, even more critical issues, such as custody and support, will be decided. The importance of ensuring that your interests are protected during the course of a divorce case cannot be overstated.
Sometimes parties decide to part ways amicably, and are able to come to an agreement as to how they will live their lives after their divorce. If you and your spouse have come to an agreement as to all aspects of property and debt division, alimony, and, if applicable, child support, child custody, and visitation, then you and your spouse may be good candidates for an uncontested divorce. For a divorce to be uncontested, the parties must have already agreed as to all issues that parties normally fight over. Uncontested divorces may be handled on a low-cost, flat-rate basis if your situation qualifies.
Very often, parties who are divorcing are not able to agree on all important issues. These parties have a contested divorce, and the issues that the parties cannot agree upon must be mediated and/or litigated. Contested divorces are handled on an hourly-fee basis.