Divorce Lawyer in Nashville
The Differences Between Contested & Uncontested Divorces
There are two paths you can take when pursuing a
divorce in Tennessee. The decision you make at this fork in the road will generally depend
on your relationship with your soon-to-be ex-spouse. At
Martin Sir & Associates, we help clients that are pursuing both contested and uncontested divorces.
more than 30 years of experience and an
Avvo Client's Choice Award for Divorce, you can trust that we understand what we are doing and know how to navigate
through even the most contentious of relationships.
The Uncontested Divorce: A Faster and Easier Method
For couples who still get along and can amicably discuss the terms of their
divorce, uncontested divorce is the way to go. In an uncontested divorce, the
two spouses sit down together and patiently discuss the terms of their divorce.
Together, divorcing parties will make decisions about:
The couple then writes all of their decisions into the petition for dissolution
of marriage. Generally, if the judge does not see anything in the petition
that violates Tennessee laws, he or she will approve the divorce and enforce
Many people opt for uncontested divorce because:
- It is generally faster than contested divorce
- It is generally cheaper than contested divorce
- It keeps children out of the drama of the divorce
- It allows the couples to decide the terms of their divorce on their own,
rather than leaving it up to a judge
Contested Divorce: When You Can't Get Along
If you and your spouse are not on speaking terms, are not in agreement
about the divorce, or cannot discuss terms together, then you will need
to opt for a contested divorce. This involves appearing in court with
a family law advocate to determine the terms for termination of the marriage.
With the help of an attorney, you will be required to fight for your preferences
on terms of the divorce. A judge will then decide the best way to approach
your specific case.
Contested divorces are generally more expensive, take longer, and involve
a high degree of emotional turmoil. However, they are also necessary in
situations where couples cannot work together to reach decisions concerning
Whether you are seeking a contested divorce or an uncontested divorce,
speak with our Nashville divorce attorneys to secure reliable representation!