Divorce is never a pleasant experience. For some, the issues involved are just too much to bear. When these couples cannot agree to terms, a court may need to intervene. Fortunately, there is an alternative to a drawn out, contentious divorce. Splitting couples across the country are turning towards mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution in order to resolve marital issues and file for an uncontested divorce. When this is the case, couples can save a lot of time and money. It is important to consider every option available. Speaking with an attorney should be your first step. If you are interested in filing for an uncontested divorce, The Alfred Law Firm is ready to serve. Contact our firm for a consultation.
An uncontested divorce means that all issues of the case have been resolved. To begin the process, the couple filing for divorce will cite Georgia’s “no-fault” grounds called “an irretrievable breakdown of the marriage.” Marital issues, including alimony, child support, custody, parenting time, equitable division of assets, and payment of debts must be agreed to before filing for divorce. The splitting couple has a choice as to how they can get to that point, including mediation, arbitration, collaborative divorce, and even private discussions. The practicality of each form of alternative dispute resolution depends on the couple’s ability to work together. When the couple is ready with all issues resolved, they will need to execute a separation agreement to be filed with the court.
Many people are turning to uncontested divorce as a way to mitigate the impact of a total divorce. Divorce is not a pleasant experience, but an uncontested divorce can help ease some of the pain.
Voluntary: When a couple can agree to an uncontested divorce, it is often easier to work through the marital issues in a collaborative manner.
Efficient: An uncontested divorce is more efficient than a contested court battle in many cases. An uncontested divorce can be completed in a little over a month, while a court case can last years. In addition, a splitting couple can save a significant amount of money on legal costs.
Better for the family: Working in a collaborative manner on issues of a divorce can lessen the emotional impact on the splitting parties and those who are witnessing the split. Especially for those who have children, a divorce can be devastating. Modeling positive dispute resolution can be a positive lesson in an otherwise unpleasant experience.
Forging new relationships: An uncontested divorce can help a divorcing couple forge a new, respectful relationship as they have worked together towards a mutual goal. For parents who wish to enjoy a co-parenting structure, this benefit can be even more prominent in the future.
If you and your spouse have resolved all your family law issues, it would be our pleasure to represent you in an uncontested divorce action. Our firm will prepare all of the necessary paperwork and present it to the Court to request a final divorce decree without a hearing or further involvement of the Court. Contact our firm for a consultation to discuss your divorce options.
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