The most recent data collected by the Centers for Disease Control determined that between 40% and 50% of all marriages will end in divorce. Even though divorce has grown more socially acceptable in recent years, many are unfamiliar with the actual legal process of dissolving a marriage. High-profile divorces often include extended battles with multiple court proceedings making the average person believe his or her own divorce will be equally contention. In reality, it is possible for adults to work together for an uncontested divorce that saves time and money, ultimately letting both parties move on quickly.
When is a Divorce Uncontested?
A divorce is considered uncontested when both parties agree on all major issues. The things that most adults often cannot come to an agreement on are property division, child custody, and the assets to which each spouse is entitled. A couple that does not have any minor children or joint assets can typically benefit from an uncontested divorce. Depending on your situation and relationship with your spouse, an uncontested divorce may be something to consider or discuss.
One of the primary benefits of an uncontested divorce is the amount of time it saves both parties. A couple in Georgia that is in agreement regarding major issues and filing an uncontested divorce can expect the process to take no more than a few weeks. By using mediation instead of going to court, no one has to present an argument to a judge or rely on a judge to make a final decision. You and your spouse remain in complete control receiving guidance and assistance from your attorneys. Since the process takes less time and your attorney will not need to attend multiple hearings with you, the cost of an uncontested divorce is usually lower than the costs associated with a contested divorce.
Even if you and your spouse are in agreement regarding issues that often lead to a divorce being contested, it still may be difficult to work with a person after deciding that you no longer wish to be married to him or her. However, if both adults are professional and courteous, it is possible to work together to keep your divorce uncontested. Staying open minded, keeping lines of communication open, and being willing to compromise helps to avoid a situation that would require the intervention of a judge through multiple court hearings. Remember, an uncontested divorce benefits both parties.
Talk to an Attorney
After you and your spouse have decided to file for a divorce, contact an attorney to discuss your needs. A qualified divorce attorney can verify that an uncontested divorce is the right option and assist you with the process of initiating the divorce. The attorneys at Vayman & Teitelbaum are here to answer any questions that you may have regarding uncontested and contested divorce. Our team is ready to work with you to expedite your divorce process while making sure your rights are protected. Contact one of our four Atlanta area locations today and schedule a consultation.