Kate Brooks, divorce solicitor Market Harborough
What is a contested divorce? A lot of people expect there to be a debate about perhaps the finances or the children in divorce but you can actually contest the whole divorce proceedings themselves. Now this can be as fundamental as perhaps saying I don’t want to get divorced, but more typically it is that you don’t like the reasons for the divorce or perhaps you want it to be seen as being their fault.
The reality is that the Court isn’t really going to be interested in what the reasons for the divorce are, and even if your partner has walked out on you or has been having an affair for many years, it’s not really going to make much of a difference.
What a contested divorce will do is cost you an awful lot more in terms of money and time and we generally recommend that you don’t go down that route for those particular reasons. If you are the person starting the process, the best ways to avoid a divorce becoming contested is to make sure your spouse knows that you are intending to start the process off and then make sure that you send the draft documents in advance of lodging them with the Court.