Divorce can be a trying and complicated process. It is never a pleasant experience, but it doesn’t have to be a miserable one. There are several benefits when opting for an uncontested divorce to dissolve your marriage.
What is Uncontested Divorce?
Divorces fall into one of two categories — contested and uncontested. Contested divorce, the more common of the two, happens when the parties cannot reach an agreement on the major issues — child custody, child support, asset distribution, debt allocation, and spousal support — and the court has to make the ultimate decision. Uncontested divorce (also known as ‘agreed divorce’) happens when the parties do agree on the majority of the issues and are able to amicably dissolve their marriage without needing a judge to intervene.
The attorneys at AB Law specialize in representation for both contested and uncontested divorces.
Uncontested Divorce is Faster and Less Expensive
If you and your spouse agree on the majority of issues, then everyone involved will benefit from choosing an uncontested divorce over a contested one. Typically speaking, uncontested divorces are much faster than contested divorces. The time involved can vary by party, of course, but, in general, uncontested divorces are faster because it takes much less time for both parties to reach a full agreement.
Uncontested divorces also tend to be much cheaper. This is usually because, again, that they take less time. This means, typically, there will be fewer legal and court fees with an uncontested divorce.
Uncontested Divorce is Better for the Children
Your children are often the ones who feel the effects of the divorce the most. With an uncontested divorce, both parents express their willingness to work together for the best possible outcome, and the result is almost always a better experience for the children involved. This shows them that their parents are not enemies and that they don’t have to choose sides. Additionally, there are a several financial and emotional benefits associated with getting an uncontested divorce instead of a contested one.
Hire an Experienced Washington Family Law Attorney
Navigating through a divorce can be complicated, frustrating, and exhausting, even if you and your spouse want to get an uncontested divorce. It’s always best to have a family law attorney help you navigate through your various decisions and outcomes, and, if needed, represent you in court.
The professionals at AB Law are qualified and highly-experienced Washington State family law attorneys. We’d be glad to discuss your situation and go over your options. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation.