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The Benefits Of An Uncontested Divorce


When they think about divorce, many people envision a long, drawn-out courtroom battle, in which both parties are bitter adversaries. While some divorces are contested, emotional, and time-consuming, this is not the only option for divorcing couples. Instead, many people choose to pursue an uncontested divorce, in which both parties agree to the terms of divorce beforehand, without the need to go to mediation or trial. Although they are not always possible, uncontested divorces have a number of benefits, so if you are considering divorce, you should contact an experienced Fort Lauderdale divorce lawyer, who can help you navigate the divorce process.

Uncontested Divorces are Cheaper

Contested divorces, in which couples have to litigate certain divorce-related issues, like property division, alimony, child custody, and child support tend to be much more time-consuming, which means that they are also more expensive. Uncontested divorces, on the other hand, which don’t require various hearings, a lot of meetings with your attorney, and drawn-out proceedings, are usually cheaper. This means that both parties can move forward with their lives in a better financial position than if they had argued over assets for months or years.

Uncontested Divorces Can Provide Closure

Contested divorces go to trial, which means that even when the case is resolved, the parties can appeal the court’s decision. Knowing that a former spouse can appeal a decision can make it difficult for the other party to put the process behind them and move on after divorce. Couples who obtain an uncontested divorce, on the other hand, can obtain closure and move on with their lives. This is because, while possible to seek modification of the terms in the future, neither party can appeal the agreement, as both voluntarily entered into it. Furthermore, the process of modification can be difficult and requires a showing of a substantial change in circumstances.

Uncontested Divorces Can Help Preserve Your Relationship

After undergoing hotly contested divorce proceedings, it can be difficult for both parties to remain cordial with each other down the road. An uncontested divorce can help couples avoid this by allowing them to negotiate a settlement agreement on their own, without having to argue their position in the presence of a judge and the parties’ attorneys. This tends to be especially true for couples who share children, as it is much easier to co-parent in an effective way when there aren’t pent-up feelings of resentment following divorce.

We Can Help with Your Florida Divorce Proceedings

Even if you and your spouse decide to get an uncontested divorce, you might still need the help of a Florida divorce lawyer, especially if the case ends up going to court. To learn more about the differences between a contested and uncontested divorce, or for help negotiating a settlement agreement with your spouse, please call dedicated attorney Sandra Bonfiglio, P.A. today. You can set up free consultation by calling 954-945-7591, or by completing one of our online contact forms.

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