Divorce proceedings often mirror the relationship the couple had while married. Calm and collaborative relationships tend to end the same way, while wild and fiery romances go down in flames. And in some cases, one of the parties isn't too keen on breaking up.
A contested divorce can take many forms, from a spouse ignoring or refusing to sign divorce papers to scorched earth litigation. That's why many courts allow what is known as "ex parte" divorce, or divorce based solely on one spouse's filing and in the jurisdiction where that spouse lives, though it is valid anywhere. Let's take a closer look.