Just like each couple is unique, each divorce is unique. Sometimes, divorces can be long, involved courtroom processes. Other times, couples are able to make decisions about their divorces without a great deal of assistance from attorneys, mediators or judges.
At Stange Law Firm, PC, headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, our goal is to help our clients resolve matters as sensibly, effectively and efficiently as possible. If a couple is interested in pursuing an uncontested divorce, we help them exercise their options.
What Are Uncontested Divorces?
Uncontested divorces happen when both spouses agree — not only that they should be divorced — but on all the decisions that divorcing couples often have to make. In an uncontested divorce, you and your spouse should both agree on issues of child custody and visitation, child support, division of property and debt, as well as attorneys fees.
There can be many advantages of an uncontested divorce:
- Less stress: Because they involve less fighting and court time, uncontested divorces are often less stressful than contested divorces. This can be especially important when children are involved.
- Reduced cost: Uncontested divorces often use fewer resources than contested divorces. Because couples spend less time hiring lawyers and battling in court, they spend less money. And they have more money to use when moving forward with their lives.
- Privacy: Agreements made by couples in court become a matter of public record. However, disclosures you and your spouse make to each other do not have to be. If you negotiate matters privately between you and your spouse, these private discussions can stay private.
Uncontested divorces may not be right for everyone, however. They are generally not a good idea when allegations of domestic violence are involved, or when one spouse feels fearful of the other. They are not a good idea for couples who refuse to talk about the divorce process, for people who face serious issues that must be resolved, when there are high assets or when one spouse refuses to be honest. In those cases, it is a good idea to talk with your attorney about proceeding with more formal proceedings.
We have an article related to the topic that you might be interested in reading: Can We Use One Lawyer For Our Divorce?
Missouri and Illinois Uncontested Divorce Lawyers Serving the St. Louis Area, Kansas City Area, Columbia, Springfield and Beyond — Call Today
Uncontested divorces are often confused with collaborative divorces. They are not the same thing. In a collaborative divorce, clients work through all issues by sitting down and talking with each other, their attorneys and other professionals. This can be helpful in cases where both parties want to conceptually settle outside of court, but they do not agree on all issues.
Mediation is another option some parties might consider as well. Mediation is where the parties sit down with a neutral mediator in the hopes that an agreement can be reached. Mediation can also be helpful in cases where both parties want to settle, but when they do not have a complete agreement.
A big difference between mediation and collaborative divorce is that if an agreement is reached in mediation, one party at least (if not both parties) will still need to hire an attorney to file the divorce in court to conclude it. This is opposite of collaborative divorce where the attorneys can (on a limited scope representation) conclude the case in court on an uncontested basis.
At Stange Law Firm, PC we can help with collaborative divorce, mediation and uncontested divorces. To speak to an uncontested divorce attorney, contact us online or by phone to schedule a consultation. We have convenient locations throughout the area.