Divorces do not always have to be contested and full of legal battles for the divorcing couple to fight out. In some instances, couples who agree to the divorce and other issues related to their divorce may be able to benefit from a simpler and more streamlined uncontested divorce process.
For divorcing couples who qualify for an uncontested divorce, they should know what that potentially looks like and will mean for them. They should also understand what it takes to qualify for an uncontested divorce.
Streamlining the process
An uncontested divorce is best described as a divorce neither spouse is fighting or contesting. When both spouses agree to the divorce and major divorce-related concerns they can utilize a process that provides more streamlined court procedures. The divorcing couple may be able to utilize the uncontested divorce process if they do not have any financial disputes or other disputes related to their divorce.
To qualify for an uncontested divorce, the divorcing couple needs to be able to agree on property division, spousal support, child support and child custody. Also, one spouse cannot be fighting divorce because then the divorce is considered contested. Even in circumstances when it is contested, or couples cannot agree on some or all of their divorce-related issues, other options such as mediation or collaborative law may be able to help divorcing couples in those situations.
An uncontested divorce can save time, money and acrimony and allow the divorcing couple to resolve and finalize their divorce much more quickly than a litigated divorce once they have made the decision to divorce. Family law resources can help guide couples through their different options to help resolve their using the most effective and efficient option for their situation.