There are two types of contested divorces.
In the first type of contested divorce, the spouse against whom the divorce is sought opposes the divorce completely by denying the grounds for the divorce. The grounds for divorce in New York are: Cruel and Inhuman Treatment, Abandonment, Imprisonment, Adultery, Living Separate and Apart Pursuant to a Separation Judgment or Decree, Living Separate and Apart Pursuant to a Separation Agreement, and Irretrievable Breakdown of the Marriage.
In the second type of contested divorce, the spouse against whom the divorce is sought may or may not deny the grounds, but the spouses do not agree on all divorce-related issues (i.e. child custody, child support, spousal support, equitable distribution of marital property, and/or counsel/expert fees).
In both types of contested divorce, the Judge ultimately resolves the issues in dispute unless the spouses reach a mutually agreeable resolution through extensive negotiation.
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