In this type of divorce, both parties agree they want a divorce and agree about what should happen involving the major issues of the breakup—child custody, child and spousal support visitation, how to divide property and assets and how to resolve any debt from the marriage. The parties are essentially asking the court for “dissolution” of the marriage. Scheduling of the court docket in these types of cases varies widely, but uncontested divorce cases tend to move more quickly overall although some require at least one pre-trial session.
Sometimes a divorce is considered “uncontested” marriage. Although the parties reach a dissolution agreement, the Judge could ultimately disapprove the agreement if the Court feels the agreement is fundamentally unfair to one spouse.
Is an attorney needed in an uncontested divorce?
Addressing all of the relevant issues at the end of a marriage can be complicated and confusing even if you aren’t fighting over the details. Depending on the length of time you have been married, there may be economic issues to address and if you have had children together, there will likely be things to iron out concerning their welfare. Even generating the correct paperwork to get a divorce can be challenging. If you are going through an uncontested divorce, an attorney can help:
- Identify the issues that need to be addressed
- Draft and review documents that you will submit to the court
- Represent your interests if a dispute arises during the process
- Advise you of your legal rights
On the other hand, obtaining an uncontested divorce could be as simple as asking the court to sign off on your legal separation agreement.
If you feel you would be more comfortable with some assistance, consider contacting a family law attorney from Slater & Zurz LLP. Lawyers from the firm are very familiar with the many aspects of family law and will provide you with a free consultation to help you determine what issues you may be facing in your divorce and what you will need to know so that matters can come well for you. Call 1-888-534-4850 and ask to speak with a family law attorney or go to slaterzurz.com and chat with a representative or send a message to an attorney via the website.