Going through a divorce is not a one-size-fits-all. Every case is unique and will be handled as so. If you meet the requirements for a divorce in Florida, you need to understand your options. Most couples opt for an uncontested divorce (spouses agreeing on major issues without going to court) due to its benefits.
Here are four of them:
1. It saves time
Since couples don’t need to go to court for a judge to give orders, it takes less time. They will make decisions and then follow the legal process to make them valid.
2. It saves money
Divorce can be costly, from paying filing fees to transportation costs. Not attending numerous court sessions and moving around can keep costs down.
3. It’s more private
An uncontested divorce can be private as it doesn’t involve a lot of paperwork. When spouses agree on matters, they don’t need to submit many documents to the court. For instance, if they can agree on property division, they will not have to send properties’ paperwork, financial statements, and so on. Further, they won’t need to disclose private information about the marriage to help the judge make informed decisions.
4. It’s less stressful
People who have lived together fighting in court can make divorce stressful. Since an uncontested divorce does not involve litigation and protracted battles and couples don’t need to go through demanding court procedures, it can be less stressful.
Does uncontested divorce work in every situation?
Even though uncontested divorce is beneficial, it may not work in certain situations, including:
- Marriages that involve abuse, such as domestic violence
- When one spouse has unfair requests
- When a spouse is hiding assets
People in these categories should consider contested (litigated) divorce to better guard their rights.
If you have decided to dissolve your marriage, legal guidance can help you to make the right moves and protect your interests.