Four Ways to Tell if an Uncontested Divorce is Right for You

Posted By Baton Rouge Divorce Attorney || 21-Aug-2014

Going through a divorce is already hard enough without having to complicate the situation with a lengthy court battle. In many cases, an uncontested divorce will work for most couples. Unlike a traditional divorce, an uncontested divorce is settled outside of the courtroom with the help of a Baton Rouge family law lawyer.

How do I know if an uncontested divorce is right for me?

  1. You and your spouse are both willing and able to sit down and negotiate the terms of your divorce. The negotiations can include division of property and assets as well as living arrangements for your children.
  2. You are looking for a way to minimize the cost of the divorce. Saving money is more important to the two of you than making the other one suffer.
  3. The marriage is over and the idea of a quiet divorce versus a lengthy court process appeals to both of you. Most uncontested divorces don't need to go to court.
  4. There is no significant income or assets that your spouse may be hiding from you, or you from them.

Can my spouse and I use the same lawyer?

Unfortunately no, a lawyer can only represent one party in a divorce and each person involved will need to hire an attorney to represent them.

Is a lawyer really necessary for an uncontested divorce?

It is possible to represent yourself with an uncontested divorce, but a lawyer will look out for your best interests. They can give you legal counsel throughout the process and make sure that you understand the entirety of your negotiations before you officially sign the paperwork. A lawyer can be especially helpful with negotiations if property and large assets are being divided up between you and your spouse. Once you have signed something, it can be next to impossible to go back and change it. A lawyer will ensure that you get fair representation and distribution of assets.

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