What Is Mutual Divorce?
A mutual divorce, also referred to as an agreed divorce or uncontested divorce, is a divorce in which both parties agree to the terms of the divorce decree or a divorce in which the spouse being presented with the divorce fails to file a written response in the divorce proceedings. In order to have proof that your spouse agrees to the terms of the divorce decree, you will need to have them sign it when presented in court.
An uncontested divorce does not mean that you and your spouse are in complete agreement about all terms of the divorce. In fact, it is most common for both parties to have disagreements in the early stages of divorce. Filing for an uncontested divorce simply means, both parties are committed to negotiations among themselves in order to reach a final divorce agreement.
Many couples elect to file for an uncontested divorce because it is much more affordable and offers privacy for both parties. Contested divorces can be lengthy, adding to the overall cost associated with legal fees. Additionally, all contested divorces are litigated in a public court, making everything in the case public knowledge.
In order to file an uncontested divorce, both spouses will need to sign the divorce decree. This will indicate to the court that there is no need for a trial, in order to determine and finalize the terms of the divorce case.
If you are your spouse wish to go through with an uncontested, mutual divorce, but are unable to reach an agreement on your own, mediation may be a helpful tool to keep divorce costs low, and reach an amicable agreement. Whenever you choose to have a mediated divorce, the agreements you come to will be private between both spouses and a neutral third party who acts as the mediator. The mediator will be responsible for ensuring the agreement the couple reaches is fair and mutually beneficial.
Mediation is not finalized until both parties formally accept the agreement the mediator helps them come to. In the case that one or both parties do not agree to the terms of the agreement, the mediation will end and they will need to pursue litigation. Contact us today to learn more about the services we offer and how we can help you reach an agreement that works for you.
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Renken Law Firm is here to help couples who wish to dissolve their marriage, whether that be through divorce or legal separation. We are here to help those who are ending marriages that have been contested, uncontested, or collaborative. We are fully prepared to help you navigate the specifics of your case. We proudly serve the Greater Houston area, including but not limited to Brazos County, Cypress, Fort Bend County, Galveston, Houston Heights, Houston, Humble, Katy, Kingwood, Memorial Houston, Montgomery County, Montrose, Richmond, Rosenberg, Spring, The Woodlands. All marriages are different, making each divorce equally unique with its own set of needs that must be addressed. Contact our law office to explore your options moving forward, and find out how we can help you.
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