Contested vs. Uncontested Divorce in Indianapolis
Your Options in Divorce
If you want to file divorce, you have two options:
- You can negotiate an out-of-court settlement agreement for your divorce
- You can take the case before a family law judge for a fully trial in the courtroom
In either scenario, you need a proven Indianapolis divorce attorney who can guide you through the process and work to achieve the best possible outcome for you. Come to Bowen & Associates, LLC, a boutique law firm where you can work with a lawyer who has more than a decade of experience helping people with issues similar to your own. Whether you are determined to pursue an uncontested divorce or fight it out in a courtroom, we are ready to put our skill and dedication to work for you.
The Advantages of Uncontested Divorce
It is almost always preferable to pursue an uncontested divorce if possible. In an uncontested divorce, you and your spouse will work together to negotiate a set of agreements concerning matters such as:
The negotiated approach, also referred to as "no-court divorce," is advantageous because it allows the divorcing parties to remain in control over the process and decide the terms of the settlement agreement. In addition, it is:
- more private
- more affordable
- typically far less stressful
Our firm is well equipped to assist you with an uncontested divorce. Our lead attorney, Justin T. Bowen, is recognized for his skill in this field and has been named to the Indiana Directory of Registered Mediators, a list of registered domestic relations mediators maintained by the Indiana Commission for Continuing Legal Education.
The Advantages of Contested Divorce
In the event that your relationship has deteriorated to the point where you and your spouse cannot constructively work together, uncontested divorce may simply not be an option. Contested divorce, however, is not necessarily a worst-case scenario. One of the major advantages of contested divorce is that, because it takes place in a courtroom, it allows the parties to file motions for discovery. You will, for example, be able to compel your spouse to disclose any and all financial assets that may be hidden and to which you may have a claim.
Speak with an Indianapolis Divorce Lawyer
Take the first step in your divorce now by contacting our office for a free case evaluation. We are ready to meet with you and answer all of your questions about the situation. While we always pursue an uncontested divorce whenever possible, we do not hesitate to fight for our clients in even the most hotly contested litigation. This may be an enormously stressful experience for you, but it is not one that you have to face alone. Let us help you!