October 20, 2018

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Is an Uncontested Divorce Right for Me?


If you and your spouse are splitting up, you may be wondering just what an uncontested divorce is, how it works, and whether it is the best option for you. Generally, uncontested divorce is cheaper, faster, and less stressful than contested divorce and it can produce a more favorable outcome for both parties. But, it is not for all couples and all situations. If you and your spouse can come to an agreement on the terms of your divorce, you should still have an experienced divorce attorney look over your documents and the agreement before filing.

What is Uncontested Divorce?

Before we move forward, you need to know what “contested” means in terms of divorce. It does not mean that one spouse is trying to force the other to remain in the marriage. It means that you and your spouse cannot agree on the terms of the divorce, so the court decides for you. In some cases, a couple can agree on some of the required aspects, but not others.

In an uncontested divorce, you and your spouse are able to reach an agreement on all of the terms of your divorce, and you just need a judge to sign off on your agreement. Key aspects you will need to come to an agreement on include:

Take this quiz to find out is uncontested divorce may be a good option for you and your spouse.

About Sandra Dalton

With a background as a paralegal, focusing on criminal defense and civil rights, Sandra Dalton launched her freelance writing career in 2000 with a weekly column on Freedom for Suite 101 and pro bono projects for individuals and organizations supporting causes close to her heart. One of her first projects was for the Police Compliant Center writing about police misconduct. Sandra’s legal writing quickly expanded to include personal injury, animal welfare, criminal defense, disability discrimination, family law and much more.

Sandra’s other writing around the web includes a broad range of topics such as food, pet health, feral cats, music and film. Sandra is also a fine art photographer, helps with animal rescue and TNR in her community, and volunteers as a DJ at her local radio station.