The only difference between a contested and uncontested divorce is that in a contested situation, the parties do not agree on the grounds or terms or both and so they need a lawyer/court to help them iron out the details. In an uncontested situation, the parties agree on terms. However, the parties may still decide to retain legal counsel for an uncontested divorce in New York. It is always advisable to get a lawyer to handle these matters if at all possible. This is especially true where there are children and property (such as real estate and investments) involved.