When you and your partner decide it’s time to move forward without each other, it’s only natural to hope that divorce proceedings can be amicable. Generally, an uncontested divorce provides a better resolution than a contested divorce, so long as there’s not a disparity of power, undue influence, or abuse in the relationship.
With their experience in estate planning, real estate, and other important life issues, the legal team of Skeeters, Bennett, Wilson & Humphrey shares some essential advice regarding uncontested divorces.
Benefits of an Uncontested Divorce
Uncontested—which means not disputed or challenged—divorce proceedings require both individuals to want to terminate the marriage and be in agreement on various terms unique to their union, such as:
- Child custody
- Parenting time schedules
- Child support and maintenance or alimony
- Division of property
- Division of debt
An uncontested divorce is much cheaper than a contested divorce because it reduces or even eliminates a lot of fees that normally fall to one—or both—parties. These include attorney fees, process server fees, accountant expenses, and numerous other costs that arise in contested divorces.
Amicable proceedings also make the process more streamlined. There’s no time spent in court arguing the terms because parties have already agreed on them. There’s also less paperwork required. Because of this, the privacy of the parties involved is more protected in an uncontested divorce: there’s less information shared through public record by the court. This helps everyone involved maintain the privacy of their assets and their lives in general.
When children are involved, an uncontested divorce is much easier for them, because it’s a faster process and less adversarial. Parents have the ability to maintain good terms with each other, navigating the difficulties of things such as joint custody and parenting time schedules. Without the usual conflicts typical of contested divorces, this helps children better cope with their parents’ decision and move beyond an undoubtedly difficult situation.
How a Qualified Attorney Helps You With an Uncontested Divorce
Many couples attempt to complete an uncontested divorce without an attorney, but it’s strongly recommended that you find knowledgeable counsel to protect your interests and explain the legal process. Although both parties may agree with all the terms of the divorce, an attorney should be involved to ensure all necessary paperwork is properly completed and filed and that any legal issues are handled promptly.
And even with the best of intentions, disputes can arise during an uncontested divorce. When this happens, it will likely end up in court. Placing your trust in a skilled attorney will hopefully lessen the burdens of this challenging time.
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For nearly half a century, Skeeters, Bennett, Wilson & Humphrey has been one of the most respected firms in the region for providing families with the financial and legal knowledge they need to thrive. We serve clients throughout Central Kentucky, including Hardin County, Meade County, LaRue County, Breckinridge County, and Grayson County. Please contact our office to schedule a consultation.