To put it simply, a contested divorce is one where the parties involved have a disagreement on one or more issues of their divorce, such as the division of marital property or child custody. When both spouses can agree on how to proceed with their divorce, it’s referred to as an uncontested divorce.
A contested divorce takes more time and is more difficult to manage because the parties must attempt to negotiate a settlement and, if unsuccessful, complete a court trial.
It takes a great deal of patience, cooperation, and compromise between both spouses to have an uncontested divorce. If you wish to avoid a battle in the courtroom, you will have to be willing to work with your soon-to-be ex-partner. But if you are unable to reach an agreement with your spouse as to how your divorce should proceed, a Maryland divorce lawyer can talk you through your options and help you decide the best path forward.