Divorce law offers a few ways in which a legal divorce can be obtained. Contested divorce is when a married couple cannot reach an agreement with regards to their divorce. Divorce lawyers will act on behalf of the parties and start the divorce process. Disagreements commonly relate to the division of assets, debts and children. Any divorce process starts with serving a partner with divorce papers and stating the reasons for divorce and how the party wishes to proceed and divide their shared belongings and children. The marital regime under which the couple was married also determine some of the outcomes throughout the process. The party being served then has a chance to counter the divorce claim. Contested divorce is when the parties are unable to come to an agreement and a divorce lawyer will proceed with process, which is more expensive and time consuming than that of uncontested divorce.