Marriage can be a joyous partnership in many instances, but for some couples, marriage just cannot work. If you and your spouse are divorcing, agreeing to an uncontested divorce can make the process of dissolving your marriage a bit easier. Of course, proper understanding is essential before ending the marriage in this manner. Here are a few things you and your spouse should know about an uncontested divorce.
Agreements Made on All Aspects of Divorce and Custody
An uncontested divorce means you and your spouse are agreeing that divorce is the best solution, but it also means you and your spouse must agree on other aspects of your divorce.
If you and your spouse have children together, you must be in complete agreement about custody arrangements and who will pay child support. Uncontested divorces also mean you and your spouse must agree to plans regarding spousal support/alimony.
All financials should be agreed upon, as well. This includes how future payments will be made going forward after the marriage is dissolved and if property will be sold and divided or kept and maintained.
It is important to note that if you are able to agree on all of these aspects in addition to the end of the marriage, an uncontested divorce is a great option for you.
You Still Must Meet Eligibility Requirements
Even though you and your spouse are in agreement on all aspects of the divorce, you must still meet all requirements to ensure you are eligible. To determine if you and your spouse are eligible to file an uncontested divorce, consider meeting with an attorney together. Since each state has its own list of requirements, professional legal assistance will help you understand your specific state's laws.
For example, you may be surprised to learn that you and your spouse must have been married for 5 years before filing for an uncontested divorce. In addition, there are many strict financial requirements before an uncontested divorce can be finalized. You and your spouse must not own real property together and you must not have any more than $6,000 in debt.
Again, every state is different, so meet with your attorney to determine if you and your spouse meet the requirements to file.
Divorce is not easy even if you and your spouse agree to all terms. This guide and your attorney will help you determine whether an uncontested divorce is the right option for you and your spouse. Contact a business like The Hughes Law Office for more information or assistance.