Amicable (Uncontested) Divorce
An amicable divorce is also known more commonly as an uncontested or no contest divorce. Essentially in an amicable divorce, both parties agree on aspects of the divorce such as property distribution, child custody, and support payments. Often times, the couple recognizes that they are better apart than together and are willing to come to agreeable terms with each other. Amicable divorces occur with couples who have been married a short time or those who have been married for over 20 years.
Filing an amicable divorce isn’t just for those with limited property or a lack of joint ownership of assets. Amicable divorces include settling matters regarding:
- Child Custody
- Child Support
- Spousal Support
- Property Division
- Assets Division
Our office offers a flat fee price for uncontested matters. Our attorneys will draft the initial documents and an agreement to the other party for consideration. If the agreement is signed, it will be filed with the court and we will prepare the necessary paperwork and final judgment for your final hearing. We will also accompany you to court and walk you through the process.
Even if you cannot agree on everything (uncontested), there are several other avenues to handling a family law matter in an amicable way:
- Collaborative Divorce is settled privately out of the courtroom and without a judge. Each side retains their own counsel and they are able to come to agreeable terms though communication facilitated by the attorneys. Both sides agree on the use of mutual experts to reduce litigation expenses.
- Mediation is required in all family law cases. A mediator is specially trained to help both parties to understand the opposing side’s view and come to a compromise in each issue. You may be able to resolve all or most all of your issues. The issues you do not agree upon will then be decided by the judge in a trial.
- Counseling by a licensed therapist can provide an outlet for either party to offset any stress or overload emotions they may be feeling during or even after the divorce proceedings have completed. Family counsel may be able to provide practical solutions that can avoid costly legal battles. Counseling can help both sides to keep a clear and level head so that they can efficiently and amicably finalize the divorce.
Get in touch to get advice or help with your specific divorce situation.