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How does an Uncontested Divorce Become Contested? | New Jersey

It is unfortunate that many marriages end in divorce. While stereotypical divorces can result in long and drawn-out heated battles in the courtroom, it really does not have to be. If you are thinking about a divorce and are hoping to handle matters peacefully, contact our experienced New Jersey divorced attorneys today. Our legal experts at Townsend, Tomaio & Newmark, LLC are committed to helping you navigate from contested divorce to an uncontested divorce. Continue reading to learn more.

How does an uncontested divorce become contested in New Jersey?

There are various ways in which an uncontested divorce can become contested. In some cases, one spouse can file for divorce and cite “fault” grounds and the other party disagrees. This can easily result in a contested divorce. In other situations, individual matters can become contested when both parties cannot agree on how their divorce issues should be handled. Some of the matters that are frequently contested in New Jersey include, but are not limited to:

  • Division of marital property
  • Child support
  • Child custody
  • Visitation
  • Relocation
  • Spousal support

For a couple to continue an uncontested divorce process, it is advised that they resolve all outstanding matters.

Is mediation an available option to resolve divorce disputes?

There are many ways to resolve a contested divorce matter outside of the courtroom, including mediation. Mediation is a method that can be used by couples who would like to save the time and money it would take to go through the litigation process. Through mediation, a couple will work with their attorneys and a neutral third-party member to help facilitate the lingering issues of a divorce. Once the outstanding problems are resolved, the divorce can be considered uncontested.

If you would like to learn more about mediation, contact our firm. We are committed to helping you during this time.

Are there any other forms of dispute resolution?

Mediation is not the only other option for divorce dispute resolution outside of the courtroom. Some of the methods that couples can consider include:

  • Collaborative Divorce: This method allows the couple to work with a team of experts to come up with ways to resolve contested issues in their divorce.
  • Arbitration: This allows a third party to step in and act as a judge by making decisions on behalf of the couple regarding their divorce.

If you are considering other ways to accomplish dispute resolution, it is in your best interest to contact our experienced divorce attorneys at Townsend, Tomaio & Newmark today to discuss your options.


If you have any questions regarding your family law matter, you can depend on our legal team to fight for your best interests, every step of the way. Contact Townsend, Tomaio & Newmark L.L.C. today to learn more about how our legal team can assist you.