An uncontested divorce means that both spouses agree on all of their divorce-related issues. Each state has specific legal requirements that spouses must meet before they can proceed with an uncontested divorce. You may want to consult with a local attorney or check your local courthouse website for specific requirements.
Even though you have to meet certain requirements, an uncontested divorce is often much easier than a contested divorce because spouses can end their marriage without constant negotiations, legal posturing, and court hearings. Thus, an uncontested divorce usually involves less stress and fewer legal fees. The uncontested divorce process also tends to preserve a relationship between the spouses, which is especially important if they have children.
However, divorcing spouses must be able to work together toward mutually agreeable resolutions in order to resolve all of their divorce issues. Although working with your soon-to-be-ex to settle important financial and child-related issues may seem difficult, it’s one way to end your marriage without a full-blown court battle.
Is mediation used in uncontested divorces?
If you and your divorcing spouse have chosen to file an uncontested divorce, it may be in your best interest to go through mediation. Mediation allows both parties to work through all aspects of their divorce together, around a neutral third party that acts as a mediator.
Your mediator will understand the divorce process and will be able to clearly provide you with the information you need to settle all important matters. It is better to address everything up front when getting a divorce, then having to backtrack once it is finalized to work out details you may have overlooked.
Once you have resolved all of your issues, your mediator will draft a divorce agreement for both parties to sign. The mediation process is private, affordable, and leaves all of the decision making up to the divorcing couple.
In order for divorce mediation to work, both parties must be willing to work together to reach an amicable solution. If your mediator senses that emotions are too high or one party is using bully tactics to get what they want, mediation may be ended.
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