Divorce proceedings can become an emotional, tiresome and time-consuming undertaking and most would prefer it if the process could be completed as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, if there is a dispute that cannot be resolved between the two parties, the matter might have to be argued in court in order to reach a conclusion. This is known as a contested divorce, a lengthy process that could take up to three years to finalise. Alternatively, when you and your spouse agree on all of the terms that you have both stipulated, it is known as an uncontested divorce, a process that could be completed within only three months.
The Specifics of an Uncontested Divorce
The key to an uncontested divorce is that both parties are in agreement on the terms of their divorce as it relates to specific issues, such as the division of assets and liabilities, and the parental responsibilities and rights of each individual. There is no need for extensive litigation which reduces the cost and the duration of the process considerably. Parties are able to consult with the same attorney, who will then draft a settlement that both parties enter into. This settlement must encompass all terms agreed to between the parties, including the parental responsibilities and rights in respect of minor children, if applicable.
An uncontested divorce is by far the most cost-effective option to divorce, but it often happens that there are minor issues that cannot be agreed upon. If this is the case, an agreement could potentially be reached through negotiations with your attorney, rather than an extensive trial. An experienced attorney has a unique insight into divorce practices and should be able to help you reach a resolution that is fair to everyone involved. Not having to go through years of litigation means that a lot of the mental, emotional and financial strain caused by a contested divorce can be avoided.
Getting Legal Assistance
It is always advised to obtain legal assistance once you start divorce proceedings. An uncontested divorce might be the simpler option, but the drafting of legal documents should preferably be left to a professional in the field. An experienced attorney will be able to draft a well-structured agreement that has the best interest of both parties and minor children at heart and complies with current legislation. Without a legal background, it will be very difficult to formulate an acceptable settlement that meets the legal requirements.
Contact Cawood Attorneys today if you are in need of legal assistance or would like to initiate divorce proceedings. Our team of specialist divorce attorneys have a wealth of experience in the field to help you make the process as amicable as possible. Visit our website for more information about our firm and the various services on offer.