When filing for divorce in Texas, you have two choices. If you can agree on everything, you can get an uncontested divorce. If you cannot, you need a contested divorce.
An uncontested divorce takes less time. It will therefore cost you less as you need fewer hours of legal representation. Yet that is not the only advantage.
An uncontested divorce makes it easier to move on
Waiting for your divorce to go through, can feel like you are trapped in no man’s land where you cannot move forwards or backward. The longer things take, the longer you will stay there. For example, you want to buy a new apartment, but you are unsure if you can afford it until you know how much you get in the divorce settlement. Or you see a further education course you want to take to improve your career prospects. Yet until you settle custody, you are not sure if you will be able to attend each Wednesday and Friday.
Contesting a divorce leads to conflict
Neither you nor your spouse will get everything you want in a divorce. If you realize that and accept that you both need to give ground, reaching a satisfactory compromise is simpler. If you both stick to your guns and contest every issue, you will still not get everything you want. Yet, by battling about it, you will have wasted a lot of time and energy and probably hurt each other and your children in the process.
Disagreeing on issues in a divorce is normal. The key is to get help to settle those differences early. Doing that allows you to pursue an uncontested divorce and move on sooner.