In a contested divorce, both parties cannot come to an agreement on some or all of the divorce issues, in which case they must have the court bring resolution to the issues of property division, child support, spousal support, and child custody. Unlike in an uncontested divorce, both parties may be required to appear in court many times and will likely have to testify in front of a judge.
There are two primary disadvantages to going through with a contested divorce. First, it's generally more expensive and time-consuming. And second, since the judge is granted the power to resolve all issues, both parties cede control and may end up being dissatisfied with the judge's ruling as a result.
Elaine Berkeley has over 15 years’ experience dealing with complicated family law issues. If you are in the Woodlands, Conroe or the Houston area and may need a divorce, contact Hopkins Centrich to speak personally with a family law attorney.