When a couple has made the difficult decision to divorce, they may wonder what to expect, what their divorce will look like and what their divorce options are. Some couples may qualify for an uncontested divorce which can have benefits to it so divorcing couples should be familiar with how it works and how they qualify.
What is an uncontested divorce?
An uncontested divorce is a streamlined divorce process when the divorcing couple agrees to the divorce and neither spouse is contesting the divorce. When the divorcing couple does not have any financial disputes and agrees to most of the divorce-related issues, including property division, child support, child custody and spousal support, they may be able to benefit from the uncontested divorce process during a difficult time.
What is a contested divorce?
A contested divorce is when one or both of the spouses does not agree to some of the divorce-related issues or if one or the spouses contests the divorce. A contested divorce typically goes to divorce court to be litigated or may be mediated. Unlike a litigated divorce, an uncontested divorce is a more streamlined process with streamlined paperwork.
Streamlined paperwork and the uncontested divorce process can reduce the costs of a divorce and can also be a more smooth and efficient divorce process, taking less time. It is typically also a more private process that does not create a public record of the divorce proceedings.
The family law process provides different options for divorcing couples to help them through their divorce process. For that reason, divorcing couples should be familiar the differences between the uncontested versus contested divorce processes and if the uncontested divorce process is right for them.