If you have decided to pursue a divorce, you have options. Tucker, Nong and Associates can help you get a fast divorce that saves you money. Our divorce lawyers have extensive experience with uncontested divorce and will know exactly how to manage your case.
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What Is an Uncontested Divorce?
An uncontested divorce is different than a contested divorce. In an uncontested divorce, both you and your spouse are able to come to an agreement on major issues. Depending on the marriage, these issues can include but are not limited to:
- How to share parenting time and parenting responsibilities
- How much to pay for child support.
- How long child support is required.
- How much to pay for spousal support (alimony).
- How long spousal support is required for.
- The division of property
- The division of debt.
If an agreement on all major issues is able to be reached, it may be possible to avoid appearing in court all together.
It is important to remember that not all uncontested divorces are the same, and the process is not always easy. This is usually affected by factors such as:
- If the couple has minor children.
- What type of assets the couple shares.
- What type of debt the couple shares.
Simply put, couples who do not have minor children and have less financial involvement will have an easier case to process. In addition to minor children and shared assets, ability of a spouse to be self-supporting can affect an uncontested divorce case. If both spouses are able to financially support themselves, then they will most likely not have to negotiate spousal support/alimony.
Length of marriage can also affect an uncontested divorce and shorter marriages are better for uncontested divorce.
Advantages of Uncontested Divorce
There are several advantages to filing an uncontested divorce. Couples should seriously consider these factors when deciding whether an uncontested divorce is right for them. Some major benefits of an uncontested divorce are:
As a general rule, uncontested divorces are less expensive than contested divorce. Filing an uncontested divorce will include court filing fees which can vary from state to state, but are generally only a few hundred dollars. In addition, attorney fees are usually much lower because less attorney involvement is needed. Uncontested divorces are ideal If an agreement can be reached with limited negotiation so that legal fees are kept low.
Going through any form of divorce can be emotionally taxing and stressful. However, a full trial in divorce court can be significantly more difficult. Many couples pursue uncontested divorce so that they can avoid court appearance and keep conflict to a minimum.
A Lawyer’s Role in the Process
Couples who decide to pursue an uncontested divorce may decide to try and draft their own divorce agreement. In these cases, the divorce agreement that the draft may be reviewed by an attorney. However, an attorney may advise that the agreement needs to be reviewed by a legal professional.
Even if couples are able to come to an agreement on all major aspects of a case, it is recommended that each spouse retain their own divorce lawyer so that they receive individual legal advice.
Spouses should remember that a divorce agreement is a legally binding contract. An attorney can ensure that the agreement reached between both spouses is mutually beneficial for each spouse in the long run.
How we can help you
An uncontested divorce may be a great option for couples who are able to agree to all terms of a divorce. Uncontested divorces can save time, money and are generally less stressful than contested divorces.
Do You Find Yourself In Need Of A Family Lawyer In Virginia, Maryland Or Washington D.C.?
If you find yourself considering divorce or need to fight for custody of your children you need to speak with an experineced family law attorney as soon as possible. Please contact us online or call our Vienna, Virgnia office directly at 703.991.7978 or our Rockville, Maryland office at 301.637.5392 to schedule your free case consultation.