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Contested vs Uncontested Divorce

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Handling Contested & Uncontested Divorces In Southern Minnesota

Broadly speaking, Minnesota divorce cases can be split into two categories: Contested divorce and uncontested divorce. If you and your spouse are preparing to divorce, it is important to understand the difference. Our Mankato family law attorneys can help you understand the differences between a contested divorce and an uncontested divorce in Minnesota.

Whether you need help with a contested or uncontested divorce, our Southern Minnesota divorce lawyers are devoted to providing personalized guidance, support, and legal advice to each and every client.

Uncontested Divorce in Minnesota

An uncontested divorce is one in which the parties are able to reach an agreement on all material issues. In effect, this means that a Minnesota court is not required to step in and decide any matter, such as property division, spousal support, child support, or child custody & visitation.

For most people, an uncontested divorce is the desirable outcome. Avoiding a divorce trial saves time and money, and spares conflict. According to a recent report, fewer than five percent of divorces go to trial. In other words, most people end up (eventually) getting an uncontested divorce.

Contested Divorce in Minnesota

In contrast to an uncontested divorce, a contested divorce is one in which the two parties need a family law judge to decide one or more material issues. If you and your spouse cannot reach a property division settlement, a contested divorce may be required. If you and your partner cannot reach a custody & visitation arrangement, a contested divorce may be required. You cannot get an uncontested divorce finalized until you have resolved all issues related to your marriage. If there are still issues outstanding, then your divorce is contested.

Many Divorces Can Be Settled—Even After a Rocky Start

One of the most important things to understand about contested and uncontested divorce cases is that it is not necessarily a clear “either/or” proposition. That is to say that many married couples who are separating in Minnesota start out on the ‘contested divorce’ path and end up getting an ‘uncontested divorce.’ In fact, some couples who are dealing with difficult conflicts can still end up reaching a settlement.

Trying to find a divorce settlement is especially useful for people who want to limit conflict and finalize their separation as quickly and smoothly as possible. If you are currently locked in a contested divorce dispute, you may benefit from collaborative divorce, divorce mediation, or another type of formal negotiation. A skilled Southern Minnesota family law attorney can help you find a solution that effectively protects your legal rights, financial interests, and your family.

Call Our Southern Minnesota Divorce Lawyers for Legal Advice

At Kohlmeyer Hagen, Law Office Chtd., our Minnesota family lawyers are devoted to providing personalized guidance, support, and legal advice to each and every client. If you have any questions about contested divorce or uncontested divorce, we are here to help. Give us a call at 507-625-5000 or send us a message online to arrange a no cost, no obligation consultation. With legal offices in Mankato and in Rochester, we are proud to provide family & divorce services all around Southern Minnesota.

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