Can an uncontested divorce benefit you?

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There are several different options available today for couples who are considering a divorce, including uncontested divorces or litigation.

Getting a divorce is rarely an easy process. Aside from the financial considerations, a divorce comes with difficult emotions to deal with, especially if children are involved. The end of a marriage is known as one of life's most difficult and heartbreaking trials, and the time it takes to heal from the aftermath varies from person to person. The best type of divorce also varies from couple to couple, but fortunately there are now different options to choose from when getting a divorce in Ohio. These options may not only be more cost-effective than a traditional divorce, but can spare children and spouses much of the conflict.

The uncontested divorce is becoming popular in many areas of the U.S. today, says the Chicago Times, in good part because of the potential for being more affordable. However, even an uncontested divorce does not necessarily mean the split will be amicable. In most cases, a third party will need to be involved to help each spouse reach the best solution to his and her circumstances.

The main types of uncontested divorce

Those seeking a divorce that may go more smoothly and quickly than litigation can consider two popular divorce options today: Mediation and collaborative divorce.

  • Mediated divorce. During mediation, an attorney or certified mediator will discuss common divorce matters with the couple, such as child custody and property division. This type of divorce is best for those who can treat each other civilly and with respect. When each spouse is able to keep an open mind and think about what is best for everyone, particularly the children, mediation may be ideal.
  • Collaborative divorce. Couples with more complex disputes may benefit from a collaborative divorce, says U.S. News. This usually involves each party's own attorney, as well as other professionals, such as child therapists and financial advisors. While not usually as cost-effective as mediation, a collaborative divorce can still be extremely beneficial when it comes to resolving issues without too much conflict.
  • Litigated divorce. Even under the best of circumstances, sometimes a couple will discover that an uncontested divorce isn't in their best interests. Even if the dispute ends up going to court, family law attorneys and judges are usually very competent at helping the process go as smoothly as possible and to everyone's best interests, especially if each spouse is willing to cooperate.

If alcoholism, drug abuse or domestic violence were issues during the marriage, or if one spouse feels intimidated by the other or at a financial or emotional disadvantage, an uncontested divorce also may not be the best option.

How an attorney can help

Regardless of the type of divorce you choose, an attorney can be your best advocate in ensuring your rights are protected. An experienced family law attorney can help you decide whether a mediated, collaborative or litigated divorce will best help you get through this difficult process and move on with your life.

Keywords: divorce, mediation, collaborative divorce, litigation