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What is an uncontested divorce?

Whether we observe it among celebrities, friends and family members or in our own marriage, we understand that no marriage is safe from divorce. While some spouses are able to get through the rough times, others understand it is best to part ways. Although no divorce is a happy process, it can be easier if spouses work together and reduce the number of disputes between them. This essentially occurs when spouses do not contest their divorce.

What is an uncontested divorce? This is when both spouses agree to divorce. The major benefit of this type of divorce is that it can save the divorcing couple both time and money. This also means that the couple agrees to big issues, such as child custody, support obligations, property distribution and spousal support.

To be eligible for an uncontested divorce, the couple must not have any remaining disagreements regarding basic divorce issues, such as child custody, property division and alimony. Much like a contested divorce, an uncontested divorce begins when one side files for divorce. However, an uncontested divorce usually has streamlined paperwork where the details of property and child custody can be filed along with the paperwork that states the grounds for divorce.

The major benefit of an uncontested divorce is that it allows the couple to get through the process more quickly. It can also lower the chances of conflict. Nonetheless, there are disadvantages to an uncontested divorce. To begin, simplicity does not be satisfactory. When children, major assets and other complex divorce issues are involved, it is important that steps are taken to protect these areas. What is fair and wanted may not occur when an uncontested divorce is filed for.

Whether you are in a contested or uncontested divorce, it is vital to understand your rights and the process you are about to go through. This will ensure you get the best possible outcome in your situation, protecting your rights along the way.

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