Divorce is understandably a difficult process both financially and emotionally. However, if you and your spouse are on the same page about filing for divorce, you may want to complete an uncontested divorce filing.
Uncontested divorces are usually available to spouses who are in agreement regarding major marital breakup issues, such as spousal support and property division. Here is a look at what uncontested divorces entail in Ohio.
How do you start an uncontested divorce?
To get the uncontested divorce process started, either you or the other party will need to file for divorce. The process typically involves streamlined paperwork. For instance, you or the other party will simply file property division information in addition to a statement explaining the reason for your marital breakup.
If you submit this paperwork and your future ex-spouse agrees to getting an uncontested divorce, or if he or she does not appear in court, the court will grant you the divorce. However, if the other party does not want the uncontested divorce and submits the required paper in court, you will not be able to proceed with an uncontested divorce.
What are the advantages of uncontested divorces?
A major benefit of these types of divorces is that they lead to cost savings. Because it is a streamlined procedure, you can expect to pay lower court costs. In addition, you may be able to complete your divorce process much more rapidly than you would with a contested divorce. This is because you do not have to deal with the extensive legal wrangling and the larger number of proceedings associated with contested divorces.
Yet another reason to pursue an uncontested divorce is that it typically sparks less conflict than a contested one does. This makes the marital dissolution process less stressful overall. On top of this, you will file less information with your divorce court, which means less of your personal information, including your financial information, becomes available for the public to access.
Uncontested divorce may not always be the best choice
Although uncontested divorces do have many advantages, they also have a couple of disadvantages. For one, this type of divorce may not be appropriate if your property distribution situation is rather complex. It may also be unfeasible if you have a child due to the many complex issues you must resolve, ranging from child custody to child support. An attorney can help you to decide whether an uncontested or contested divorce is most appropriate in your marital breakup situation.