You and your spouse are ready to end your marriage. You do not want to fight things out in court. In fact, you already agree on how you should split your property and divide time with your children. You want a divorce without the drama and hassle, and you may be able to have it by filing an uncontested divorce.
Every year, numerous Utah couples are able to dissolve their marriages without dragging things out in mediation or in court. Uncontested divorces work, but they are not for everyone. Who is eligible for this type of divorce? What are the benefits and disadvantages of going this route? Can I still have an attorney?
For whom can it work?
The uncontested divorce process is a good fit when a couple can talk things through and they are open to negotiation. This is not meant to be a way for one party to railroad the other. It may also be a good fit if one party files for divorce and the other refuses to respond. The court can grant the divorce if the other party simply fails to take part in the process.
Advantages and disadvantages
There are several advantages to choosing an uncontested a divorce. The top four are probably:
- Time savings
- Money savings
- Conflict-free — or really close to it
Of course, no process to dissolve a marriage is perfect. They all have problems. The main disadvantage to an uncontested divorce has to do with resolving complex issues. In order to save even more time and money, some couples try to go through this process alone. This means that one or both parties may walk away from the marriage with a settlement that does not truly have their best interests at heart. Thankfully, this can be avoided by seeking legal counsel to help with the uncontested divorce process.
You can have a drama and hassle-free divorce even if you and your spouse get attorneys involved. Their job is to offer guidance and help you through the dissolution process of your choice. With assistance, you can be sure you are walking away with the best divorce settlement possible, and you can achieve it quickly and quietly by pursuing the uncontested divorce option if you think it is the right fit for your needs.