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When is it appropriate to consider an uncontested divorce?

| Jun 5, 2018 | Firm News

As Texas couples are preparing for divorce, they may consider the various options that could be available to them. For some couples, there may be ways to navigate and complete the divorce process with little to no complications by choosing an uncontested divorce. 

Uncontested divorce is not the right choice in every situation, but there are certain benefits to this option over a traditional litigated divorce. If you believe that this may be an appropriate consideration for you and your spouse, it is smart to learn more about this choice and weigh all of the benefits and drawbacks before moving forward.

What is so great about uncontested divorce?

No matter how amicable two parties may be, divorce is complex. It is emotionally difficult, and it requires the two partners to navigate difficult issues pertaining to child custody, property division and more. However, there are situations in which a couple is already in agreement about how the divorce order should work even before filing. 

When there are no remaining disputes to resolve, an uncontested divorce is appropriate. Some of the main benefits to choosing this option include the following:

  • It costs less than other types of divorce because it takes less time to complete.
  • It can allow the two spouses to have more control over the terms of the final divorce order.
  • It leads to more sustainable divorce orders, which lessens the likelihood of disputes in the future.
  • This option can allow you to keep more of your financial information private.

Uncontested divorces generally involve less paperwork, and they are more streamlined than other divorce options. Couples who can opt for an uncontested divorce do not necessarily have to get along, but they do have to be in agreement over all major issues, such as child custody, visitation schedules, separation of finances, asset division and more.

Protecting yourself in your divorce

If you choose to move forward with an uncontested divorce, it is still important for you to take steps to protect your interests. You will find it beneficial to have appropriate guidance as you draft your divorce agreement and consider issues that can affect your future. 

Regardless of the type of divorce you choose, it is prudent to consider how your choices will impact your future. A complete evaluation of your case will help you understand your options and help you move forward with choices that allow you to have a strong and prosperous future.

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