3 Reasons Why Uncontested Divorce Can Be Better
Divorce is a stressful time— in fact, it’s one of the most stressful life experiences there is, so if your marriage is coming to an end, you want it to be as pain-free as possible. That’s why an uncontested divorce is a great way to go about getting the papers signed and getting your life back on track.
This blog explores what uncontested divorce is, how it works, and why it can be the best option for you and your family. To hire an attorney, contact our experienced team at Truce Law today.
What is Uncontested Divorce?
Every relationship is different, and sometimes they just don’t work out even when neither party has committed any wrongdoings. These situations often call for an uncontested divorce.
Uncontested divorce is the legal term for an amicable, sometimes even friendly, divorce. An uncontested divorce is achievable in many cases when both parties are on amicable terms and are relatively few issues to resolve. Unless the couple has a large dispute, such as an argument regarding parenting, support or division of assets, an uncontested divorce can be the easiest option.
A contested divorce, on the other hand, is often a drawn-out process which can lead to multiple court appearances, expensive legal fees, and in many cases, emotional distress.
How Does Uncontested Divorce Work?
Uncontested divorce requires documentation including the petition for divorce, financial affidavits, a settlement agreement, and final orders. Samples can typically be found online or at the clerk of court’s office. In uncontested divorce cases, the parties sometimes come to an agreement before filing any paperwork, which ensures a smoother process.
The requirements vary depending on jurisdiction, and may include conditions such as parenting classes or mediation. In other jurisdictions, the documentation is all that is required.
Once both parties have signed and filed the paperwork, a judge will review the submission. In some cases that is the end of the process, and the divorce papers can be sent in the mail. In other cases, the parties may need to attend a court hearing to confirm the divorce paperwork is true and correct before the judge can sign the papers.
Why would Uncontested Divorce Better?
In Washington State, a contested divorce can cost upwards of $20,000, whereas an uncontested divorce can cost as little as $3000. An attorney in an uncontested divorce can cost $3,000 to $5,000— still significantly cheaper than in a contested case.
Uncontested divorces are relatively straightforward. Even in situations where an attorney is needed to sort through the forms and legal jargon, it is typically faster than a contested divorce. An uncontested divorce can be granted in as little as 90 days, but can take longer depending on many different factors. However, divorce cases that go to trial can take a year to finalize, and in rare instances many years from start to finish.
It’s less stressful.
Divorce can be an emotionally painful experience. When the divorcing couple has children, they can feel this pain as well, even if they are too young to articulate it. Whether the divorcing couple has children or not, agreeing on things makes for a much smoother experience than drawn-out arguments in and out of court.
Looking For a Divorce Attorney in Washington State?
If you’re going through a separation or divorce, we hope this article has helped you to discover how an uncontested divorce can be the best option to pursue. At Truce Law we understand the benefit of both parties coming to an agreement, and can help you achieve this in the least stressful way possible. For further information or to book an appointment, call us learn more about pricing and our process.