When both members of a couple agree to a divorce, filing for an uncontested divorce can save time and money through streamlined court procedures.
Though more complicated divorces may fall outside a state’s uncontested divorce parameters when both sides of the couple are informed and agree to the big issues in most divorces – child custody and support arrangements, property distribution, and spousal support – uncontested divorce can save much time and money.
Eligibility for Uncontested Divorce
Uncontested divorces are generally available to couples who have no remaining disagreements regarding the basic divorce issues: child-custody, property division, and spousal support.
Benefits of Uncontested Divorce
Though divorce of any sort often involves some conflict, proceeding with an uncontested divorce can lower the amount of conflict between the parting spouses by simply offering fewer opportunities for conflict to arise. With fewer demands for information going back and forth, and fewer proceedings to resolve disputed elements of the divorce, the conflict between the soon-to-be exes can be minimized.
Disadvantages to Uncontested Divorce
Couples who have children, complex or disputed property arrangements, or potential disagreement as to spousal should strongly weigh whether uncontested divorce is appropriate.