Litigation was once seen as the only option for couples facing divorce. However, today many Americans are choosing to file jointly in an uncontested process.
If you and your spouse agree on how you want to divide assets and continue providing care and support for your children, an uncontested divorce may offer several advantages over a traditional court battle.
Making smart financial choices
In addition to saving on the court and legal fees, the uncontested divorce process may give you and your spouse the time and space you need to examine your assets, consider your separate financial needs and make careful decisions about how to divide your shared property.
Preserving an amicable relationship
Unlike litigation, an uncontested divorce is a private and confidential process. By avoiding the stress of the antagonism that often comes with going to court, you and your future ex may be better able to preserve a civil relationship and shield your children from unnecessary anxiety over your separation.
Maintaining control over the future
Perhaps the biggest advantage of uncontested divorce is that you and your spouse do not have to give up control of important decisions. From separating personal property to finding creative ways to share parenting responsibilities, avoiding litigation may help you to approach your divorce with a problem-solving attitude.
Despite the potential benefits, uncontested divorce is not for everyone. If you and your spouse have deep disagreements about parenting or a complex estate to divide, litigation may be necessary to ensure a fair and workable outcome for your family.