Divorces can be categorized as contested and uncontested divorces. In a contested divorce the parties cannot agree either about getting divorced or about the terms of the divorce which may involve vital issues such as the allocation of assets and debts, alimony, child support, custody of children. On the other hand, uncontested divorces are generally available to couples who have already settled their disagreements regarding the fundamental divorce issues. Like a contested divorce, it can be initiated by one of the parties filing for divorce.
If you and your partner have decided that you no longer want to be married, you will want the divorce process to be as easy as possible. This is why you may want to find out more about uncontested divorces, which have a number of advantages for both parties.
One of the advantages of uncontested divorces is the cost. The term ‘uncontested’ means that both parties agree to all the terms of the divorce, and this means you won’t have to pay for additional court fees, or pay a lawyer for the additional time he or she will have to spend on the divorce proceedings. This way, if you don’t have to spend large amounts of money on going to court, you can save this money to live off of after you have separated from your spouse, or to care for your children.
Keep in mind that people that get uncontested divorces do not necessarily agree on the reasons that they are divorcing. They do, however, agree that they want to get through the process in a civilized manner, and feel that the items, debts, or custody that is being awarded to each person is equal. So, you will probably still need a divorce lawyer to help you through the things that you don’t agree with–but you and your mate have to be able to negotiate peacefully. You also have to be willing not to rush the process–uncontested divorces usually last for about 3 or 4 weeks, which is not very long when you consider that some divorces can go on for about a year.
It is also important to realize that when you select a lawyer for the uncontested divorce process, he or she can not represent both spouses. So, you will need to let the attorney know which of you he or she will be representing at the beginning of the process. So, the lawyer will meet with the client they are representing in order to go over all the documents that are involved in the divorce, and you will get the chance to see what is on the documents before they are sent to your spouse. There will also be times when both you and your spouse will meet with the lawyer to go over the terms of uncontested divorces–your ex-spouse may also bring his or her attorney to these meetings to make sure that things like assets and property are rightly divided, or to see if you and your spouse want to explore new methods for making the divorce easier. For more information, visit www.lawyers.com.