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What is the difference between a contested divorce and a stipulated divorce?

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In either situation, you are going to need to file the petition for the divorce. In a fully contested divorce, the parties are not able to agree on the division of assets and debts, child support, child custody or visitation. In other words, the parties are so acrimonious that they can't agree on any one issue. There are some cases where the parties can agree on most of the issues, but cannot agree on some issues. In those cases, there is still a contested divorce, but only on the issues for which the parties cannot agree. The court will hold a trial and make the decision on those contested issues. In a stipulated divorce, the parties have come to an agreement on all aspects of division of the assets and debts, child support, child custody or visitation. In those cases, the parties need to have the proper documents drawn up by an attorney. Both parties will have to sign the documents, which are then submitted to the court for signature. The attorney who draws up the documents can ... more
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