Divorce is a difficult choice to come to. It can be hard to split a marriage after years together. In order to ease emotions during this time, an uncontested divorce may be beneficial. Uncontested divorces provide a way for couples to get divorced without putting the blame on one spouse. Spouses can cite a no-fault ground when filing for divorce. This can include an irretrievable breakdown of marriage. With this stated, neither spouse is to blame for the divorce. If a reason is cited that would lead to a contested divorce instead.
An uncontested divorce is when both spouses agree to the terms of the filing. This process begins when one spouse or both parties cite that there was a “no-fault” ground. With a no-fault ground, it claims that the marriage broke down and is beyond repair. It does not place the fault on one individual in the marriage.
Can an uncontested divorce become contested?
An uncontested divorce has the potential to become a contested divorce if the spouses cannot agree on marital issues. These issues may include alimony, child support, child custody arrangements, marital assets and more. When spouses cannot come to a resolution with one another during mediation sessions, they may have to take these matters to court in order to decide upon the outcomes. This will then lead to a judge deciding on issues for the spouses.
How can mediation be beneficial?
Through the process of divorce mediation, spouses are able to decide on their marital issues together. They will not have to enter into litigation and let the judge decide for them. Instead, they can talk about their matters privately with a third party. This mediator can guide them toward a productive discussion focused on making compromises. At the end, the goal is to decide on marital issues, such as alimony, the division of assets, child support and child custody. This process requires the cooperation of both spouses to decide on resolutions.
Other than mediation, there are more alternative dispute resolutions couples can utilize to come to decisions on important issues. In this way, they will be able to avoid litigation and be able to make their own decisions instead of having a judge do so.
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