There are two kinds of divorce: contested and uncontested. In a contested divorce, the parties are unable to agree on the terms of the divorce, such as custody and access, child support, spousal support and property division. A contested divorce may be costly as parties often have to make multiple Court applications and sometimes end up going to trial.
At Resolve Legal Group, we will work with you to determine whether the Court system or an alternative dispute resolution is best for you. In a contested divorce, we work closely with you to understand the nature of the disputes and what your expectations are with respect to the outcomes. Our team of family lawyers offer multiple approaches to resolving your disputes, including everything from mediation to litigation.
In an uncontested divorce, the parties have reached an agreement on all issues and do not require the Court to make any decisions about the terms of the divorce; the only remaining matter is to draft the agreement and file the divorce with the Courts. The uncontested divorce process moves much faster through the system and creates less of a financial burden on the parties.
In the event that your divorce is uncontested, our lawyers can assist you with drafting your agreement or reviewing an existing agreement. By reviewing an existing agreement, our family lawyers will determine if it will be binding in Court and whether the agreement protects your interests. In addition, we will also advise you of any provisions that could place you at risk. In drafting these agreements, our divorce lawyers use language that clearly communicates the decisions you and your spouse have negotiated to ensure that your agreements are binding both now and in the future.
In your divorce, having qualified legal representation is essential to the protection of your interests. Even in the most amicable divorce, the assistance of a qualified and experienced lawyer can help to ensure a favourable outcome. Whether your divorce is contested or uncontested, our lawyers will conduct a thorough review of your situation and advise you of legal options specific to your case.
Did you know that independent legal advice is one of the requirements for an existing agreement to be legally binding? Make an appointment with one of our family law lawyers to review your existing agreement and receive the independent legal advice you need.