People often ask me how I can afford to handle divorces so much more inexpensively than my colleagues. My answer, of course, is that I only handle uncontested divorces. But this answer often raises many more questions, such as:
- What is an uncontested divorce?
- If my wife and I agree to a divorce does that automatically qualify us for your services?
- Why do other attorneys charge more?
These and similar questions are the right questions to be asking when a pending divorce is looming. No divorce is easy, but to make it as smooth as possible, it’s very important that you understand your options and what the consequences of certain choices will be.
If you’re anticipating a divorce, call my office for more information. I’d be happy to speak with you and answer your questions more at length. But here is some basic information to help you get started.
What Is An Uncontested Divorce?
A common misconception is that a divorce is uncontested so long as both parties agree to end the marriage. However, in legal terms, it’s a little more involved than this. An uncontested divorce is one in which both parties agree to end the marriage and agree to all the terms of the separation, including what to do about child support and custody, visitation, division of assets and marital debt, alimony, etc.
This may seem like an impossible scenario. After all – a couple generally divorces because they have so many differences they find it hard to agree on almost anything. But the agreement process doesn’t have to be immediate or contentious. Part of the job of a good divorce attorney is to help couples think through the ramifications of their decisions and come to a mutually-agreeable solution to difficult problems. If you think an uncontested divorce is impossible for you because of some current point(s) of disagreement between you and your spouse, don’t settle for messy litigation in court without first trying a third-party negotiation. If you can keep your divorce out of the court system, it’s considered “uncontested,” even if it takes a while and requires some help to come to the agreement you need.
What Do Spouses Need To Agree On?
Divorce requires a number of important decisions, the details of which must be thought out in advance. The major points of agreement include:
- How to divide property and assets
- How to divide debt
- The type of custody each parent will have over the child(ren)
- The type and extent of visitation rights
- Whether alimony will be needed and if so, how much and for how long
In some cases, it may be helpful to have a third party present to negotiate these issues. Even if negotiations are amicable, an attorney can often be helpful to help you think through the complexities and potential consequences of each choice in your unique situation.
Why Is An Uncontested Divorce Less Expensive?
Uncontested divorces are less expensive than contested ones for many reasons. The most important factor is that there is less time involved for both the clients and the attorney. Because the case can be settled outside of court, there is also no expensive drawn-out litigation or complicated hearings for which the attorney must prepare. The paperwork is significantly easier and there are generally fewer bumps in the road on the way to finalizing the divorce.
Furthermore, in my practice, which focuses exclusively on uncontested divorces, there is no expensive overhead that spills over from contested divorces into the laps of those who come to me with simpler cases. When you hire me, you get the best deal in the state – period. In fact, I’m so confident about that, I give you a lowest-fee guarantee. Call me for a free consultation with any of your questions at (785) 845-5016.