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3 common misconceptions about uncontested divorce

On Behalf of | Mar 25, 2024 | Uncontested Divorce |

When considering divorce, you might wonder if an uncontested divorce is a viable solution.

While uncontested divorces can be less complex than contested cases, there are still several misconceptions surrounding the process that you should know before you decide.

Misconception 1: Uncontested divorce is always quick and easy

One of the most prevalent misconceptions about uncontested divorce is that it is always a quick and easy process. Uncontested divorces generally take less time than contested divorces. Despite that, the timeline can still vary depending on the complexity of your case. Even in an uncontested divorce, you need to complete paperwork, file documents with the court and wait for the judge to review and approve your settlement agreement.

Misconception 2: Uncontested divorce means you agree on everything

Another common misconception is that couples pursuing an uncontested divorce must agree on every aspect of their separation. In reality, an uncontested divorce simply means that both parties have reached an agreement on the major issues, such as property division, spousal support and child custody.

It is normal for couples to have some disagreements during the process, but as long as they can work through these issues and come to a mutually acceptable resolution, an uncontested divorce is an option.

Misconception 3: Uncontested divorce is always the best solution

While uncontested divorce can be a good choice for some couples, it is not the right option for everyone. In some cases, the issues surrounding the divorce may be too complex or contentious to resolve without additional support. Additionally, if there is a history of domestic violence or a significant power imbalance in the relationship, an uncontested divorce may not provide adequate protection for the vulnerable party. You must carefully consider your unique situation before deciding whether an uncontested divorce is right for you.

While an uncontested divorce can be a more amicable and less stressful option for some couples, it is important to have a realistic understanding of the process. By dispelling these common misconceptions, you can better prepare yourself for what to expect and make informed decisions.


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