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Is my civil (non-family) case uncontested or contested?

Uncontested means that both sides agree on a desired outcome but are using the court system to make their agreement legally binding. These people may be required to have their agreement approved by a judge or they may decide to do so as a way to help protect their interests. Uncontested cases can be successfully completed through careful research, attention to detail and organization.

Contested means that the people involved in the case do not agree on what the outcome of the case should be.  Contested cases require that both sides argue their position to explain why the law says that a judge should rule in his/her favor. Contested cases will generally require much more work than an uncontested case- even if the other side is not represented by an attorney.  This is because you will need to learn trial strategy and prepare to clearly explain the way that the law applies to the facts of your case. Furthermore, you will need to give this explanation while addressing the other side, who will be presenting an explanation of the law that, challenges your explanation, arguing that it is only fair for the judge to rule in their favor instead of yours. 

If your case is contested and the other side is represented by an attorney, you should not try to represent your own interests during a trial unless absolutely necessary. Instead, contact us through TexasLawHelp for more information about other options for solving your legal problem.