Getting a divorce is usually difficult in even the best situations. Along with other Florida residents, you may be considering whether an uncontested divorce is right for you. You may have heard that an amicable divorce can reduce the stress couples experience during the process, lessen conflict for the children and take less time than litigation. An uncontested divorce may also cost less than going to court. However, you may also have been told that having an attorney is unnecessary if you go the uncontested route. Is this true, you may wonder?
As FindLaw explains, uncontested divorce options can range from mediation to collaborative law. You may decide to reach agreements on your divorce terms with your spouse, rather than involving additional people, such as a mediator or divorce therapists. However, it is not necessarily in your best interests to sign the divorce decree without consulting an attorney. A lawyer may be invaluable in assisting with the following:
- Coming up with a child custody arrangement that benefits both parents, as well as the children
- Determining how to divide assets, including the marital home, recreational vehicles, vacation property, retirement accounts and a business you ran jointly with your spouse
- Avoiding bitterness and resentment, which can be especially useful if you continue to interact with your spouse after the divorce
Your uncontested divorce can remain uncomplicated, inexpensive, time-effective and relaxed, even if you and your spouse have your own attorneys. In fact, obtaining experienced counsel may be more effective than attempting to complete the divorce on your own. This information should not replace a lawyer’s advice.