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When a marriage is coming to an end, before the dissolution of the marriage to become final the spouses must either reach amicable resolutions to all related divorce issues, or have the court rule on remaining contested divorce issues. Regardless if the divorce is contested or uncontested, the court must legally grant the divorce in a divorce hearing.
In an uncontested divorce (also called a collaborative divorce), both spouses are able to reach amicable resolutions for all divorce related issues that apply in order to successfully end a marriage. An uncontested divorce (collaborative divorce) is more common when issues relating to marital property or children do not apply to the divorce process.
In a contested divorce, the spouses are unable to reach amicable resolutions. Issues that commonly lead to a contested divorce often include child related issues, division of marital property, and alimony (spousal support). However, a divorce can encompass many specific issues of contention that can be of a heated nature and make the divorce process much longer and costly.
Any divorce related issues that an amicable resolution cannot be reached will be ruled upon in court by the presiding judge. The judge will hear all relevant arguments and render his or her decisions based on what is lawful, fair and reasonable, and when children are involved, what is in the best interest of the children.
In the old days, a contested divorce commonly consisted of both parties taking hard stands on divorce related issues requiring the court to make almost every final decision relating to the divorce. Today the courts have put the emphasis on the spouses working out various issues in a process known as "mediation." Generally speaking, Divorce and Family Law Mediation is the process of negotiation. Mediation is often best served with the assistance of experienced legal counsel who can bring a voice of reason to the table in order to effectively resolve points of contention.
The importance of mediation is that the fewer amount of divorce related issues the court must rule upon in a divorce may be better for all parties involved and reduce the time to successfully complete the divorce process.
Divorce related issues often include, but are not limited to:
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