Not every divorce has to get ugly or mean, or devastate your finances. If you and your spouse prioritize a respectful divorce, you can achieve it. One of the simplest ways to set the tone for the divorce is to meet with an attorney and discuss your options, specifically exploring uncontested divorce.
Uncontested divorce continues to rise in popularity, as many couples facing marital struggles realize that divorce doesn't have to ruin your life, your finances or even your relationship with your ex-spouse. While you may not remain friends with your ex after the divorce is final, taking the time to explore amicable divorce opportunities benefits everyone involved, both in the short and long term.
Who benefits from uncontested divorce?
One does not have to look hard to find examples of vicious, lengthy divorces. Clearly, uncontested divorce is not for everyone. Uncontested divorce is not generally a good fit for couples who have significant disagreements about how the divorce should play out, or conflicts surrounding complex assets or children.
Uncontested divorce is usually a good option for couples with relatively few complex assets who do not want a lengthy, expensive divorce. While some uncontested divorces do include couples with children, it is less common than uncontested divorce between couples without children.
If you and your spouse know that you want a divorce and don't want to fight over your property or parenting, then you may find success in uncontested divorce.
Keeping the process simple and safe
It is usually wise to act quickly if you believe that uncontested divorce is possible. If you wait too long, amicable civility between you and your spouse may deteriorate. You can usually resolve an uncontested divorce in a few sessions and be done with the matter in only a few months. While time restrictions vary depending on the nature of your divorce, couples who work together to reach fair agreements are usually the couples who leave most satisfied with the divorce when a judge finalizes it.
It is important to consult with an attorney in the divorce process. If you attempt to represent yourself or use forms you can get online, even state-specific forms, you may not fully address all the issues at hand, and can compromise the outcome. In some cases, you may remain legally bound to your spouse in some way.
An attorney with experience in the divorce process can walk you through each step and ensure that your rights remain protected while addressing each and every aspect of your uncontested divorce.