There are a number of advantages when divorcing couple is able to sit down together and work out the important issues and details of their divorce. A couple who is cooperating in their divorce will likely experience reduced cost and time spent to complete the process. Additionally, working together usually results in reduced stress on the relationship and on the entire family. If a couple is able to resolve most issues on their own, they may be able to proceed with an uncontested divorce.
In an uncontested divorce, the couple decides to use only one attorney. An attorney can only represent one party, therefore, the couple will decide together who will retain the services of the attorney. As its name states, the couple is choosing the uncontested method of divorce because most issues have been decided between them, and they feel that any remaining issues can be easily resolved. In many cases, the couple may have already gone to mediation and worked through many of the issues and components necessary for their divorce. Therefore, a couple considering uncontested divorce is now comfortable with only one party hiring an attorney and both parties discussing and resolving the remaining issues with that attorney. This method is sometimes referred to as an “Agreed Upon Divorce”.
In most instances, uncontested divorce proves to be a more economical method for the divorcing couple. Uncontested divorce keeps the divorcing couple in control, and helps to avoid strain on the relationship that may occur in a traditional litigated divorce. Additionally, the divorce can most likely be completed in a substantially shorter period of time. It is important to note, however, that if the situation between the parties changes at any time during the divorce process, the party not initially represented does have the option to hire an attorney to represent him or her to complete the divorce.