The Many Potential Benefits of an Uncontested Divorce
After accounting for legal fees, court costs and other related expenses, it can cost up to $200,000 to end a marriage. However, an uncontested divorce may allow you to end your marriage for a fraction of the price. Let’s look at some of the other benefits of ending your marriage without putting up much of a fight.
There Is Less Chance for Conflict
A divorce can be one of the most emotional events that you will go through in your life. It isn’t uncommon to feel fear, anxiety and anger while you’re dealing with a separation. However, your feelings could cause you to say or do things that are aimed at hurting your former spouse as opposed to settling the divorce in a timely manner. By choosing to have an uncontested divorce, you can have a clean break.
From a legal standpoint, an uncontested divorce is a decree that neither party is fighting the separation. There should be no financial disputes, and both spouses must agree to the divorce.
Make Life Easier for Your Children
If you have children, the last thing that you want to do is put them in the middle of a protracted conflict with your former spouse. While you might not intend to hurt them, they could potentially hear anything negative that you say about their other parent. They may also see the ways you try to undermine your former spouse’s authority as a parent or personal dignity.
The trauma that a child endures during a divorce could linger after your marriage formally ends. If your child is now spending time in two different households, fighting with your ex will only make the transition more stressful. By minimizing the chances of conflict occurring during a divorce, you maximize the chances that you and your former spouse can work together for the good of your child.
You Don’t Have to Be an Open Book
In a typical divorce case, you are generally required to make significant financial disclosures. This information is used to determine the amount of alimony that you might get or the level of child support that you may need to pay. Furthermore, your spouse may enter text messages or other private messages into evidence.
By opting for an uncontested divorce, you don’t have to worry about other people exposing your secrets to the public. You also don’t have to worry about anything that you say to friends or post online being used to undermine your position in court.
Uncontested Divorces Usually Save Time and Money
An uncontested divorce can typically be settled for a flat fee to your attorney and to the court where the divorce takes place. In most cases, an uncontested divorce requires little more than submitting a few forms and making a brief appearance in court. The entire process can be completed in a matter of days or weeks.
Conversely, a divorce trial can take up to a year or more to complete assuming that everything goes as planned. The court may order that you appear to testify on certain days that are not convenient for you. Therefore, uncontested divorces are more ideal for those who can’t take time off work or afford suitable daycare for their kids.
Most Cases Get Settled Anyway
Roughly 90% of divorce cases are settled, which means that you are likely to resolve the matter outside of court regardless of what method you use. However, it is important to note that any parenting plan that you come up with will need to be approved by a judge before it can go into effect. This is because the court needs to be sure that the agreement is in the best interests of the child.
If you need legal assistance from someone who understands how uncontested divorces work, it may be a good idea to contact the Law Office of Joanne Kleiner. You can call our office in Jenkintown by dialing (215) 886-1266. You can also send us a fax to (215) 886-2670.