What is the difference between a contested and an uncontested divorce?

In Iowa, there is no difference between filing a contested and uncontested divorce. The documents needed to file the case are the same, regardless of whether the parties agree or disagree. The filing fee to begin the divorce process is also the same. Contested, as opposed to uncontested, simply indicates whether or not the parties are generally in agreement about how to finalize their divorce; it does not dictate which documents need to be filed with the court.

If the parties are in agreement as to how to settle their divorce, this can be helpful to the parties’ attorneys. The parties can draft a basic outline of agreed-upon terms and provide it to their respective counsel. The attorneys can then work together with the parties to draft the final document in the divorce, called a stipulation of agreement or a settlement agreement.

Each divorce is different. While some cases begin with the parties being very far apart in how they want to settle their cases, sometimes they agree on more than they initially think. Other times, a case may begin with the parties feeling as though they can easily settle, but they may realize they are not actually in agreement on many key issues.
If you are thinking of getting a divorce or want to learn more about the process, Arenson Law Group is here to serve your needs. Please call or email Dana Judas today for a free initial consultation at (319) 731-0549 or djudas@arensonlaw.com.