Nobody ever expects a relationship once thought to last forever to come to an end. Unfortunately, spouses can sometimes grow so far apart in their values and desires that a divorce is necessary for their long-term happiness. With that being said, while divorce may be a necessary solution, it does not need to be an emotionally taxing and contentious affair. While many people’s first thought when they hear the word “divorce” is a couple battling over custody and property distribution in court, the reality of the matter is that many spouses are able to settle the terms of their separation through collaborative means. This is known as an “uncontested divorce.”
There are several benefits to an uncontested divorce, including:
- It costs less: One of the greatest motivators for couples to pursue a collaborative divorce is that it can save them from the exorbitant costs of litigation. A contested divorce can potentially cost couples thousands of dollars in court costs and attorney’s fees, whereas an uncontested divorce can be completed at a fraction of the cost.
- It stays out of court: Uncontested divorces are completed out of court and can be negotiated at a couple’s own pace, rather than being forced to conform to the schedule of the court. This can greatly reduce the stress of divorce and the associated time commitment, all while ensuring that spouses are kept in control of their divorce at all times.
- It is private: Contested divorces can easily turn into massive court battles which result in a couple’s private lives and secrets to become public knowledge. Uncontested divorces are negotiated behind closed doors, allowing spouses to ensure that their sensitive information is kept confidential.
- It can reduce conflict: Many spouses, especially those who share children, still need to stay in contact with each other long after their divorce is finalized. While a contested separation can lead to a lifetime of animosity, an uncontested divorce can allow spouses to amicably work out their differences and increase their chances of being able to maintain a cordial relationship. This can be a great gift to a couple’s children, as it will help them adjust to their new living situations without added tension.
Divorcing? Call Julia E. Stovall Attorney at Law
If you and your spouse have decided to part ways, it is important you consult with a knowledgeable lawyer to ensure your rights are guarded and maximize your chances of securing a favorable outcome for your situation. Having been guiding spouses through the uncertain waters of divorce as a Franklin divorce lawyer for more than two decades, I, Attorney Julia E. Stovall, can provide the compassionate and steadfast support you need to get through this difficult time as smoothly as possible.
Call (615) 239-1374 or contact my office online today to evaluate your legal options in full detail.