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5 Benefits of uncontested divorce

Every divorce falls into one of two major categories: contested and uncontested. If the spouses cannot reach an agreement on every single issue (child custody and property division being the most common), then the divorce is contested. This doesn't mean the case will eventually end up with a judge deciding everything in a trial. Most divorce attorneys are able to negotiate a compromise that will settle the case without the cost of a full-blown trial. An experienced family law attorney will help you minimize the overall cost of your divorce while still looking out for your best interests. The divorce cases that are uncontested from the beginning offer the divorcing couples a number of advantages.

1. It's cheaper: Even if you choose to hire and pay an attorney for an uncontested divorce, you will not pay as much in legal fees as those dealing with a contested divorce. An uncontested divorce typically takes far less time to settle, so there are fewer billable hours. And many law offices offer to cap your attorney fees for cases that begin and remain non-contested throughout.

2. It's faster: In a contested divorce, information must be presented to a court, which must come to a decision on the divorce ruling. This takes time. In an uncontested divorce, paperwork that is necessary to finalize the divorce can be submitted and processed in a much timelier manner. Many uncontested divorces can be completed from start to finish in as little as six weeks.

3. You can stay amicable with your ex: For most couples - especially those with children - divorce does not mean the ex-spouses will never meet again. Many divorced couples need to maintain an open and somewhat friendly relationship in order to successfully co-parent together. Avoiding animosity is easiest if you can come to a compromise rather than fighting it out in court. Needless to say, this will be very beneficial to your children.

4. It keeps you in control: In an uncontested divorce, both you and your spouse agree on the final outcome. If you cannot agree and your divorce becomes contested and has to be settled in court, a judge will have the final say on every aspect of your divorce.

5. It's lower-stress: See points 1-4. Due to all of these reasons, uncontested divorce almost always amounts to less stress and emotional turmoil for everyone involved, including both spouses and any children.

At The Zolman Law Firm, we want you to benefit from choosing an uncontested divorce. Our lawyers offer more than 40 years of combined family law experience. Our rates for uncontested divorces starts at $600 plus the filing fee. We also offer a free 30-minute phone consultation or in-person consultation at our new office located conveniently at 270 and 44.

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