An uncontested divorce can save time and money. Is it right for you?
It is a trend that is sweeping Instagram: the divorce selfie. Often followed with the #uncoupled or #divorceselfies, these photos feature couples who appear to celebrate the fact that they recently finalized their divorce. Many are taken outside the courthouse where the divorce was finalized. Couples posting these photos note that the happiness is not a reflection of their failed marriage, instead it is a celebration of resolving a difficult life event in the most amicable way possible.
This mindset can be particularly beneficial for couples that have children together. A recent article in The Washington Post discussed the trend, noting that society is more accepting of divorce and is currently shifting to an “era of platonic parenting and conscious uncoupling.” For some couples, this positive approach was taken to help ease the transition into co-parenting. Instead of presenting children with parents who belittle each other or cast blame on an ex for the split, these couples are attempting to present a positive outlook on this new relationship – a relationship where they remain cordial and focused on raising their children.
Benefits of a simple, uncontested divorce
Divorce is never easy, but how a couple chooses to go about the legal process can ease the transition from married to single life. Uncontested divorces are those in which both individuals agree to the divorce. They generally cost less and take a shorter amount of time. Additional benefits include:
- Privacy. In many cases, documents filed with the court during a divorce proceeding become part of the public record. As a result, allegations that led to the filing of additional information with the court can lead to disclosure of a great deal of personal and financial information. By agreeing to an uncontested divorce, couples generally file less information with the court, resulting in increased privacy compared to a highly contentious divorce.
- Co-parenting. Couples who have children and can agree on a custody and child support arrangement can benefit from this process. It can reduce the amount of animosity present in the divorce and increase the odds of the child or children continuing to have a positive relationship with both parents. As noted with the divorce selfie trend above, although divorce marks the end of the marriage relationship, the parental relationship continues.
These are just a few of the benefits associated with an uncontested divorce. If you are considering a divorce, contact an experienced uncontested divorce attorney to discuss your options and better ensure a favorable outcome.