Despite its reputation as a destructive experience for spouses and children, divorce does not have to be a bitter, ugly experience. In fact, many couples find that they simply want to end their marriage and move on as amicably as they can, but worry that the divorce system will pull them into conflicts they would rather avoid.
These concerns are reasonable, especially because there is so much potential for conflict and bad behavior in any divorce. Likewise, some unscrupulous attorneys may use questionable tactics to prolong the divorce process to inflate their billable hours. However, not all divorces must result in losing everything and feeling emotionally beaten. Couples who believe they can work together to keep things civil may find that uncontested divorce helps them achieve the peaceful divorce they need.
Can anyone file for uncontested divorce?
Uncontested divorce streamlines the process and allows spouses to file simpler forms that avoid many of the time-consuming and expensive parts of the divorce process. Unfortunately, even when a couple wants to file uncontested, it is not always a good fit.
Most notably, uncontested divorce is not recommended to spouses with children. Courts take custody and parenting agreements seriously, and must approve any custody arrangement. In most cases, custody concerns make uncontested divorce a bad fit.
Uncontested divorce is also very difficult for couples with complex assets or liabilities, and courts generally prefer high-income couples not file for uncontested divorce.
Dissolve your marriage simply and quickly
If you do not have children and do not have complex property to divide, you may find that uncontested divorce is a strong choice for you. If you and your spouse can agree on a fair division of property and have no other complicating issues, you may save a great deal of time and money closing this chapter of your lives and moving on to the next.
Be careful, however, to use good legal resources and guidance. There are complications that you may not see coming that can prolong the process or leave you vulnerable to complications months or years down the road, when you would prefer to be free and clear of it all. With a strong legal strategy and commitment to a civil divorce process, you can achieve your goals and keep your rights secure, moving you to the next season of life quickly and effectively.