Are you considering a divorce? Find out about uncontested divorce.
Uncontested cases include those that have been settled through mediation, collaborative divorce, or cooperatively with the help of attorneys, or by self-represented litigants.
Not all couples seeking a divorce are at odds with one another. Many times, a couple simply decides that they have grown apart and have different goals and dreams for their lives. In such cases, an uncontested divorce could be the right process by which to dissolve the marriage. An uncontested divorce saves time and money and allows you to avoid the stress of hashing out the personal details in open court.
In many family law cases, the parties retain attorneys to represent them through the process, but their preference is to proceed uncontested in order to resolve the case as quickly as possible and to stay out of court. Sometimes one of the parties is represented by an attorney and the other spouse is not. The unrepresented spouse may or may not have an attorney with whom the spouse is consulting.
In other cases, the parties may have little or no help with their family law matter as self-represented litigants.
Occasionally, couples looking into an uncontested divorce actually end up reconciling through the process of regularly meeting, discussing the marriage, and opening up about hurts, fears, and plans for the future. Working in a non-adversarial way to sort out the critical issues of property division, support and custody often lead to a better agreement, one that both parties agree to, rather than an order handed down by the court.
Even if you think an uncontested divorce is right for you, consulting with a divorce attorney is still valuable in case circumstances to change or your spouse has a change of heart on some crucial issue and now refuses to compromise or treat you fairly. If so, an attorney can get the process back in motion, or if there is no hope of reaching a fair resolution in an uncontested divorce, moving ahead with a contested divorce. In either case, my firm has the experience, credentials, and qualifications you need to protect your interests and that of your children.