Divorce often is so painful and filled with emotional and financial turmoil that the two parting spouses may take months or even years to recover. Is it possible to go through a divorce with even the lightest touch that just may soften the experience?
Yes, there is a potential way to achieve a less confrontational proceeding. That is through an uncontested divorce, offering a simpler approach as well as savings in time and cost as couples negotiate toward a resolution.
Little chance of major conflicts
Typically, in an uncontested divorce — before any attorney involvement –the separated couple has made general agreements on relevant issues such as division of assets, spousal support, child custody and child support.
Here are some of the advantages of an uncontested divorce:
- Minimizes conflict: Since the couple has addressed and agreed in advance on the more complicated issues there may be little chance for financial disputes.
- Saves on costs: With fewer court costs and less involvement from attorneys, an uncontested divorce represents a simplified experience that saves money. Attorneys often simply file the legal paperwork.
- Gain more privacy: The court file for an uncontested divorce contains far less information and intimate details of the marriage compared with the paperwork in a contested divorce. Divorce records, after all, are a matter of public record.
- Allows you to get on with life more quickly: The time savings in an uncontested divorce is immense. Since the key issues were agreed upon beforehand, legal disputes — for the most part — are kept at bay. A swifter conclusion allows the couple to move on with their separate lives.
Depending on the couple, an uncontested divorce may prove to be the right approach.
Healing more quickly
In an uncontested divorce, the former spouses gain a better chance to heal more quickly, avoiding the confrontation and stress that may come with a contested divorce.