Uncontested Divorce Explained
The dissolution of a marriage typically causes many hardships for the family involved. If the spouses cannot come to an agreement on the terms of how their marriage will end, then lawyers will likely have to become heavily involved in the divorce. Some of the things these lawyers will be hired to negotiate are the terms of spousal support, child custody, alimony, and property division. The result of involving these lawyers is likely to be many hours of legal fees billed. However, in some circumstances there may be a cheaper alternative with what is called an uncontested divorce, also known as a no-fault divorce. To obtain an uncontested divorce a certain degree of amicability between the spouses is needed, which is often easier said then done. Essentially, the couple must be able to come to an agreement on the terms of their divorce. If the two parties agree then the divorce becomes much more straight forward, thus resulting in significantly lower legal fees. If there are no children of the marriage then the process can begin within six months of separation with a property settlement agreement. Although it may be difficult, if spouses can put aside some of their differences, it may result in a happier ending financially.
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