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Uncontested Divorce

Most people think of divorce as a messy, emotionally fraught, and expensive affair. In many cases, that is how things will play out. Marriages are highly emotional investments and the ensuing personal, psychological, and financial turmoil of ending a marriage is rarely easy. Sometimes, however, divorce is a mutually beneficial arrangement and both spouses can agree calmly and rationally on the terms. In these rare cases, an uncontested divorce can occur.


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The Path of Least Resistance

An uncontested divorce can be a greatly improved experience over the traditional hardship and turmoil of a divorce. However, while there are a number of benefits to divorce, there are also challenging and difficult barriers that prevent everyone from achieving this lofty goal.

Uncontested Divorce Benefits

The two biggest benefits of an uncontested divorce are money and time saved. Often an uncontested divorce will be orders of magnitude cheaper than a divorce where issues are contested. In general, the only expense for an uncontested divorce will be administrative filing fees, running the separating spouses a few hundred dollars.

In addition to money saved, uncontested divorces are also much shorter affairs. In most cases, all that is required is the judge to sign off on the divorce agreement and then the mandatory waiting period. This takes the time to finalize the divorce down to as little as a month.

Barriers to Uncontested Divorce

While uncontested divorce can be beneficial to both spouses, it is exceptionally difficult to perform. In order to complete a divorce without mediation, arbitration, or court orders, both spouses will need to be willing to communicate and compromise. Often people get divorced specifically because there has been a breakdown in communication or compromise, so this requirement can already be a non-starter.

In order to get an uncontested divorce, the separating spouses must agree on:
- Child custody arrangements
- Child support payments
- How the marital assets will be divided
- How debts will be settled
- Whether and how much alimony will be paid
- Why the divorce is occurring
Additionally, the judge must determine that neither spouse has financial or emotional leverage over the other and there has not been any abuse or coercion. Due to the number of things that need to align in order to achieve an uncontested divorce, most couples will end up in a contested divorce instead.

Fighting to Protect Your Interests

Contested divorces can quickly become battles of attrition, with both sides filing endless motions, appeals, and renegotiations in order to wear down the other side. In order to ensure that your interests are protected during a contested divorce you will need the help of an experienced family law attorney. An experienced family law attorney will be able to use their experience, legal skills, and shrewd negotiating abilities to decisively argue your case before judges and mediators in order to expedite the divorce process and deliver the results you want.

In order to achieve this best outcome, however, you will need an attorney who has the expertise and resources to take your case all the way. That’s why you should contact Attorney at Law. By partnering with AAL, you will be able to avoid slogging through the quagmire of unscrupulous lawyers looking to exploit your case.

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Uncontested Divorce Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is uncontested divorce?

An uncontested divorce is a legal separation in which all issues have already been amicably decided by the separating spouses. An uncontested divorce only occurs if both spouses are in agreement with the reasons for and outcomes of the divorce.

Uncontested divorces save time, money, and stress but require clear communication and willingness to compromise in order to occur. In most cases, there are some sticking points that prevent an uncontested divorce from occurring.

2. How long does an uncontested divorce take?

Because there are no issues that need to be resolved, uncontested divorces are settled very quickly. Usually, an uncontested divorce proceeding can be finalized as soon as the state-mandated finalization period is over, often a few months.

3. Do I have to go to court for uncontested divorce?

No. The key benefit to an uncontested divorce is that neither spouse will have to appear before a judge. Instead, the court simply needs to rubber-stamp the completed divorce agreement.

4. How much does uncontested divorce cost?

How much an uncontested divorce costs will vary by state but it is almost always far cheaper than a divorce where one or more issue is contested. This is because the only costs to the separating spouses will be the administrative fees to file and finalize the divorce agreement. This is contrasted against the thousands or tens of thousands of dollars that a contested divorce can cost to hire attorneys, mediators, arbitrators, and pay for years-long legal battles.

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