Divorce does not have to involve a prolonged fight in court, accompanied by hurt feelings and a pile of legal bills. Uncontested divorce is a means of negotiating the terms of a divorce outside of the high-intensity court environment.
If you are seeking an uncontested – also known as stipulated – divorce, both parties must be willing to work together to negotiate all of the sensitive terms of the divorce. If one party is unwilling to stipulate there cannot be an uncontested divorce and contested matters will generally lead to an unfavorable outcome to one or both parties.
The Uncontested Divorce Process
Uncontested divorce is almost always less financially costly than a contested divorce, since the major issues are agreed upon. Uncontested divorce is for couples who largely agree on the major issues at stake, including the division of marital property, child custody, and parenting time.
With the major issues settled, couples can focus on fine-tuning an agreement to submit to a family court judge for approval.
Uncontested Divorce: A Way to Resolve Divorce Issues Amicably
An uncontested divorce can be an investment in preserving an amicable post-divorce relationship with your ex-partner. They may no longer be “your person,” but they may still be your child’s co-parent, an investment partner, or even a good friend. An uncontested divorce is often less emotionally and financially taxing than a contested divorce.
If you and your soon-to-be-ex wish to resolve your divorce amicably, it is still important to work with a lawyer to ensure the process goes smoothly. Contact our firm to get started.