Paula Swensen, a family lawyer in Newport Beach, answers:
A contested divorce is one in which the parties are not able to come to an agreement to resolve their issues. A contested matter is litigated in court in front of a judge, who will ultimately make a decision (a ruling) on each issue presented.
An uncontested divorce is one in which the parties are successful in negotiating a resolution to all of the issues relating to the divorce, including: custody of the children, support, division of property, and attorney’s fees. An uncontested divorce can be accomplished by preparing the required paperwork and filing it with the court. If a party so chooses, he or she never needs to step foot in a courtroom to complete the divorce process.
Paula Swensen brings highly skilled problem-solving, compassion and zeal to the successful resolution of each client’s legal family law matter. She can be reached at 949-644-4007. Visit their firm profile and website.