Without a doubt, a divorce is among the most painful experiences. It takes emotional and financial tolls on all involved, and vulnerability becomes the norm. But there are ways to soften the blow of divorce.
If both parties agree that the parting of ways is inevitable, they can pursue an uncontested divorce. This legal procedure represents less confrontational approach to divorce. Its primary advantages are simplicity along with savings in time and costs.
Benefits of uncontested divorce
As with a contested divorce, an uncontested divorce starts when one person files for divorce. Both people must agree that the divorce will take place. Before the involvement of attorneys, the two generally agree in principle on the approach in resolving the more complicated divorce issues such as child custody, child support, alimony and property division.
Here are some of the benefits of an uncontested divorce:
- Monetary savings: The simplified and streamlined procedure of an uncontested divorce leads to fewer court costs as well as lower attorney costs.
- The swifter chance to get on with your life: Such divorces are granted in a much more timely manner than a contested divorce. Since fewer legal disputes arise in an uncontested divorce, the couples involved can more quickly carry on with their lives.
- Minimizes the chance for conflict: With an uncontested divorce, there should be no existence of any financial disputes such as alimony and child support. Resolution of such issues occurs beforehand.
- The chance for more privacy: This is possible because the court file contains much less information and fewer intimate details compared with that of a contested divorce file. Remember, divorce procedures are public record.
If the other person agrees to the divorce or does not contest the divorce, then the court grants the divorce. The same holds true if one of the parties fails to make a court appearance. However, an uncontested divorce will not be granted if the other spouse does not agree to the divorce.
This streamlined approach toward divorce is not for just any couple. But as long as you agree to divorce and have resolved some major issues beforehand, it is doable.