Many people considering divorce think of it as a difficult, embattled process. While many divorces that go through the courts do turn into protracted, pitched battles between former spouses, it does not inherently have to be that way. It is possible for divorcing spouses to reach mutually agreeable terms without fighting tooth and nail in the courts.
Many couples choose to file uncontested divorces in New Jersey, a process which includes agreements between the spouses regarding asset division, child custody and support issues. Instead of letting a judge set the terms, the couples set them and let the courts approve them.
There are many ways to go about finalizing an uncontested divorce. Some couples have the benefit of a prenuptial agreement to help them set the terms for their divorce. Others may need to work with one another to file an uncontested divorce.
Uncontested divorces offer many benefits to married couples
Ending your marriage doesn't have to be an expensive, all-consuming endeavor. Instead, it can be a fresh start for you and your ex. Trying to minimize the amount of conflict and expense related to your divorce is the best way to keep it from continuing to impact your life in the future.
An uncontested divorce takes less time, because the courts only have to approve the terms that you agree upon with your ex. Because they are faster, they are also much more affordable. You will have fewer days worth of court costs to cover and fewer hours of attorney fees to pay. There will be more financial reserves left over for you and your ex as you begin to rebuild your lives in the wake of a divorce.
For many couples, an uncontested divorce may seem like an impossibility when there is a disagreement on the terms of ending the marriage. Thankfully, there are options other than a contentious series of court hearings to resolve those issues.
Mediation can help you set terms for an uncontested divorce
If you hope to avoid the expense, frustration and embarrassment of a protracted court-based divorce, mediation can be a great solution. You and your ex probably don't see eye-to-eye on important issues, such as how to split your assets and debts. Just because you don't agree doesn't mean that a battle is the only option.
You can still choose to work together and find compromises for the outstanding issues that stem from ending your marriage. Mediation is a great way to find workable compromises at the end of your marriage. Both you and your spouse come to the proverbial mediation table with your own attorneys. You also work with a neutral third-party, which can help ensure that the outcome is as fair as possible.
The mediator will help you look past your personal thoughts and emotions and focus more on the practical reality of ending your marriage. If you hope to divorce quickly and quietly, mediation can help you make that aspiration a reality.