What does it mean to have a contested divorce?
When one spouse challenges whether the couple should get a divorce or any other reason, you have a divorce dispute. This is referred to as a contested divorce and can take more than 18 months to be resolved. In this situation, spouses disagree about any of these things: Whether to get a divorce.
What happens when one party refuses divorce?
The Court can grant a divorce order, even if the spouse refuses to sign any documents. If the responding spouse does not attend the hearing, the Court may finalise the divorce application in their absence. Otherwise, the spouse may ask the Court to appear by telephone.
Can I divorce my husband without him knowing?
You can divorce your spouse even if you can’t find him/her and even without their participation in the divorce proceeding, so long as a Judge is satisfied that your spouse had notice of the divorce proceeding. When your spouse is M.I.A., notice by publication may be your best option.