With more than 2 million marriages in the United States each year, the unfortunate truth is that upwards of 50% of those end in divorce. However, not all divorces are created equal. Depending on the circumstances and after each weighs the myriad long-term pros and cons, a splitting couple generally chooses one of two paths: contested or uncontested divorce.
Contested divorce — the type in which both parties cannot agree on the terms of their divorce without court intervention — is the one most portrayed on movies and television. However, 95% of American divorces are uncontested— the type in which both parties are able to mutually agree on the terms of their divorce. The fact is, uncontested divorce is the preferred option to the courts, attorneys, family counselors and others who see the long-term negative effects of bitter divorces every day. An experienced Chicago uncontested divorce lawyer can explain the pros and cons in detail. Many, if not most, divorces are emotional and stressful, but not all are so acrimonious that the couple cannot eventually come to a mutual agreement on the terms of their divorce.
Though uncontested divorce may not be realistically feasible to some couples, it does have many advantages to the ones with whom it might be. Advantages of an uncontested divorce can include: moving through the legal system more quickly; less overall expense; less trauma and stress on the parties and their children; more privacy and confidentiality; and more long-term harmony.
Despite how the term “mutual agreement” sounds, there are just as many details which need to be negotiated and resolved between a couple and, sometimes, it does take a bit of effort on both parties to get to the point of mutual agreement on all issues with regard to division of property, allocation of debt, child custody, and support. The involvement of at least one attorney is usually necessary to manage those issues, prepare necessary paperwork, provide guidance on the laws of your state, provide guidance on unforeseen circumstances, and to manage filings and hearings.