If you have made the decision to legally end your marriage, you may be wondering what steps you can take to streamline the process of finalizing your divorce. Whether you are worried about how much it will cost, how long it will take or how much strain it will put on your family, it is important to understand that every case will be different. While some couples can't seem to agree on anything—be it the matters of child custody, property division or spousal maintenance—others are able to put their differences aside and negotiate a practical settlement. Under these circumstances, it would make sense for the couple to enter into an uncontested divorce; however, this would only be effective if both parties have agreed to the divorce and both have come to an agreement on all financial and divorce-related issues.
Sounds simple enough, right? While an uncontested divorce can save a couple both time and money, it is important to understand that it requires complete cooperation—unless, of course, one party has decided not to participate in the divorce. That being said, an uncontested divorce may not be right for everyone. If you and your spouse are unable to come to an agreement on even one divorce-related issue, for example, the proceedings would become contested. For this reason, it may be in your best interests to discuss the specific nature of your case with an experienced family law attorney before initiating either contested or uncontested divorce proceedings in New York.
In doing so, you may be able to ensure that your divorce is not complicated by any foreseeable set-backs, and that you can move on from this difficult time in your life as quickly as possible. Still have questions about the benefits and/or disadvantages of entering into an uncontested divorce? Reach out to the Suffolk County divorce attorneys at Rubenfeld Law Firm for a free initial consultation. When you call our office at (631) 777-7200 or submit a complimentary case evaluation form online, our legal team's advice won't cost you a thing! For this reason, there should be nothing stopping you from taking the first step today. Our firm is ready and willing to help you through this difficult time, but it is up to you to retain the compassionate legal assistance that you deserve.