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Know when a contested divorce is the right option for you

Even a so-called “simple” divorce has its share of complexities. Major decisions aside, there is often an emotional component to ending a marriage. At Just Law, PLLC, we have seen how valuable it is for couples to know their legal options. While an uncontested divorce is one way to go, many people are wise to choose a contested divorce.

The reason that some choose an uncontested divorce in Utah is because it is possible to save time and money. In this process, one party files for the divorce. The other party either agrees to the terms or fails to respond, which can result in a default judgment. It is important to note that choosing this route can lead to making quick decisions about important matters, leaving room for a mistake.

Experts recommend choosing a contested divorce if any of the following is true: 

  •  Spouses cannot come to an agreement on property division.
  •  There are complex property issues.
  •  The couple has children.

When pursuing a contested divorce, couples must participate in mediation, according to the Utah Courts. This gives the couple an opportunity to try to reach an agreement regarding basic issues before having to go to court. However, either spouse is permitted to ask the courts to waive the requirement for mediation.  

The end of your marriage can be a stressful time. Our attorneys understand that you need to protect your rights, your property and your family when going through a divorce. For more information on this topic, please visit our page regarding your options for ending a marriage.


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