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What does it mean when a divorce case is contested?

On Behalf of | Jul 25, 2022 | Family Law

Every divorce case filed in New Jersey comes with its own set of specific facts for a family law court to consider. The more legal issues to resolve, and the more complex the facts, the harder it can be for the soon-to-be ex-spouses to agree on solutions. When there are disagreements about the various issues that come up in divorce cases, the divorce is considered to be a contested divorce.

In a contested divorce, the two sides will typically plead their cases to the family law court to attempt to convince the judge that their side is right. However, there are several steps that can be taken in order to try to get the divorcing spouses to settle their issues before they need to battle it out in a courtroom.

For instance, mediation, workshops and even case management conferences can be opportunities for the two sides in a divorce case to talk about their conflicts when it comes to resolving disputes. The more dialogue there is between the two sides, even if there is still some animosity, the better the chances of settling disputes. Compared to going to trial, settling divorces out of court tends to be faster and less expensive, and can give the parties greater control over their results.

Putting emotion aside

Divorce cases can be incredibly taxing, from an emotional standpoint, for all involved. However, if the parties can put their emotions aside long enough to attempt to address the legal issues in the case, they will be in a better position to get the case behind them. No one wants a divorce case to linger on longer than is needed.