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What Is an Uncontested Divorce?

Uncontested Divorce

When two spouses agree to a divorce, filing for an uncontested divorce will save both money and time due to streamlined legal procedures. In its most basic definition, an uncontested divorce is defined as a divorce wherein both spouses are able to agree on most of the major issues involved in their divorce. This list of issues includes:

  • How parenting responsibilities and parenting time will be shared
  • The duration and amount of any child support
  • The duration and amount of any alimony (spousal support)
  • The division of all debt
  • The division of all marital assets

If both parties are able to reach an agreement, the spouses can file their paperwork without any additional court appearances. After the time period mandated by the laws of their home state has passed, the divorce will be finalized. 

Not all uncontested divorces are the same, and not every uncontested divorce will run smoothly. The process works best for couples who do not have any young children and select few marital assets. Ideally, each spouse should be self-supporting, or capable of becoming so. Most couples who file for an uncontested divorce have only been married for a short period of time, which is usually five years or less. 

The idea of an uncontested divorce is appealing for many reasons, but most legal experts strongly recommend that each party in a divorce retain a divorce attorney to ensure that their legal rights and best interests, including those of their children, are protected. 

Even if you believe that you and your spouse can work through an uncontested divorce amicable, it's still important to secure the help of a skilled and experienced family law attorney. When you work with the Law Office of John R Rinn, PC, you have the benefit of my years of extensive experience helping clients navigate through divorce with the best possible outcome. Contact me today to schedule a consultation!

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