Divorces are almost always complicated, messy, and expensive affairs. An uncontested divorce, however, is far simpler. Here's how an uncontested divorce attorney can help you work through the complicated sticking points that can cause delays and cost you more money.
An uncontested divorce only works when both parties agree not to contest the divorce. In many cases, an uncontested divorce attorney will complete the process for both parties, which can save considerable time and money. While going through this process, both parties should agree to some common goals and ground rules.
- No Court: Although uncontested divorces are normally filed by couples without children or complicated financial assets, they aren't always free of conflicts and disputes. Most uncontested divorce attorneys will begin the process by helping couples agree to sort out issues outside of a courtroom. If you can't both agree to this goal, then an uncontested divorce probably may not be right for your situation.
- Mediation: Most uncontested divorce attorneys will help couples solve disputes via professional mediation. Even though mediation isn't legally binding, it can be completed in a fraction of the time for a fraction of the cost. For instance, if you can't agree on how to divide a financial asset, a mediator can help each party draft proposals, counterproposals, and compromised agreements. Uncontested divorce attorneys can work closely with your mediator to create legally binding documentation to expedite your divorce.
In addition to working with a professional mediator, your uncontested divorce attorney can help you work through the complicated issues that often cause divorce proceedings to become expensive, drawn-out ordeals.
- Shared Debt: Debt that you accumulated during your marriage is legally shared. From credit card debt to student loans, your uncontested divorce attorney can help you untangle your shared financial obligations. In many cases, this involves filing paperwork to legally apportion debt to each party. This can involve dissolving an asset like a house or savings account to settle outstanding debts. An uncontested divorce attorney can also file legal paperwork to remove one party from debt like a student or business loan.
- Pets: Furry critters can undo an uncontested divorce. Your uncontested divorce attorney can help you draft a custody agreement for your pet(s) that includes provisions for major medical expenses and end of life decisions. Putting these provisions into writing creates a legally binding document that each party can use in the event that your pet custody agreement becomes contentious.
Contact a firm, such as Ritter & LeClere APC Attorneys At Law, for more information.