Entering into a divorce can be a fairly uncertain time for anyone, even if you took the time to plan ahead with a divorce attorney. To find that you and your spouse agree on all the major provisions of your divorce agreement can be a welcome relief. Uncontested divorces provide people a variety of benefits that contested divorces simply cannot provide – but they might also bring a false sense of security.
How an Uncontested Divorce Benefits You
The court is going to charge you for its time and attention. It will also not bend its own schedule around your own, so you could end up waiting weeks or more in between hearings if you need more than one. Since no one wants to fight for this or that in an uncontested divorce, you should, in theory, only need to go to the court once to have your divorce approved and finalized. This cuts down on time, money, and energy that would’ve been drained or stretched thin in any other sort of divorce.
The Uncontested Divorce That Wasn’t
For a divorce to be considered uncontested, both spouses need to review the divorce agreement proposed by the petitioner and agree that everything “sounds fine.”
Some aspects that require agreement include:
However, many people only agree to an uncontested divorce because they want to avoid delays or because they don’t understand their rights fully. Neither situation is ideal, as an uncontested divorce should only be used when both spouses actually like what the divorce agreement entails. Once people actually take the time to think about what they are giving up in an uncontested divorce, or once they learn about the property and parental rights they actually have, many uncontested divorces disappear and a contest begins.
If you are entering a divorce and it looks like it is going to be uncontested, don’t just hope it is and hope for the best. Instead, work with Konstantilakis Law PC and our Peabody divorce attorney, who can review your divorce agreement to ensure you are not missing out by quickly signing the first draft sent to you. With our firm’s help, you can uphold your best interests, with or without the need to escalate the case into a contested divorce.
Contact our firm today for a free initial consultation.