When a couple decides to divorce and they both agree on the terms of their divorce, including the distribution of their assets and liabilities, alimony, child support, and time-sharing or child custody issues, the couple can move forward with an uncontested divorce. To finalize an uncontested divorce, the parties’ agreement must put into writing. This document is called a marital settlement agreement. If the parties have a minor child or children, they must also enter into a parenting plan. The parenting plan is the document that outlines the parents’ relationship regarding their minor child or children including timesharing or visitation and any agreements the parents make regarding their child or children.
Once the parties have signed and submitted their agreement to the court (along with some additional required documents), a final hearing can be set. During the final hearing, the Judge enters a final judgment approving the parties’ agreement.
An uncontested divorce is usually quicker and less expensive than a contested divorce because the parties avoid extended litigation. An uncontested divorce is less stressful on the parties because there is less conflict.
Even though the uncontested process is amicable, you still want to make sure your marital settlement agreement has the necessary language and is worded correctly to protect your rights. Attorney Alyssa Vanstone is experienced in handling uncontested divorces and is ready to discuss your specific situation and prepare your court documents.