A divorce may be uncontested, meaning both individuals agree on how all assets and liabilities will be divided, child and/or spousal support, as well as determining a mutually agreeable child custody and visitation plan. Even if a divorce is uncontested, it is important to seek legal representation to be sure you receive everything you are legally entitled to. Most uncontested divorces can be settled quickly, through guidance and negotiations between the couples of their respective attorneys.
When couples are unable to agree on all terms of a divorce, this is a contested divorce. In most cases, court can be avoided to resolve these differences by hiring a mediator to work with both parties and their attorneys to work out arrangements, in which both can come to terms. This is a much more cost-effective option for both parties, as a mediator is paid on an hourly basis, and in most cases, a mediation can be resolved within a number of hours or days, also decreasing the amount of time for resolution.