When a couple makes the decision to divorce, it is never easy. However, if the parties have no dispute concerning any of the issues affecting their divorce, an “uncontested” divorce action can save money and shorten the amount of time it would otherwise take for the matter to go through the litigation process.
In New York, a divorce action can be “contested” or “uncontested.” If a divorce action is “uncontested,” it means that the parties have agreed on all the issues pertaining to the action, including grounds for divorce; child custody; property distribution; financial issues; and any other aspects specific to their case. If any of these issues cannot be resolved between the parties, they will have to be litigated and the matter will be considered contested.
There are many benefits to an uncontested divorce, if the parties can reach a resolution to the issues on their own. Benefits of an uncontested divorce include:
Saving time that would otherwise be consumed by lengthy litigation
Saving money that would be spent on litigation and resolution of issues
Allowing the parties to the divorce action be in control of dividing their property, rather than the court
Easing the burden that children might feel in a custody dispute
Reducing the stress of litigation and fighting with your spouse
Every divorce is unique. It is best to consult with an attorney who can discuss the specific aspects of your case and determine if an uncontested divorce might be best for your situation. Whether your divorce is contested or uncontested, it is best to consult with an attorney so that you can be assured that your legal rights are protected.
The Law Office of Jessica M. Semins provides compassionate counsel and aggressive representation for divorce and family law matters, and offers affordable options for both contested and uncontested matrimonial matters. With office locations in Manhattan and Melville, Long Island, The Law Office of Jessica M. Semins is available to represent clients throughout New York City, including Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Staten Island; Long Island, including Nassau County and Suffolk County; and Westchester County. Call for a consultation (646) 397-6844 today.
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