If you and your spouse agree that the marriage is not working out and you both wish to divorce. If you can both agree to end the marriage and can divide your assets, debts and other marital issues among yourselves, you may be able to file an uncontested divorce. When filing this type of divorce, many people feel that they can forego a family law attorney. However, a divorce lawyer can still be beneficial even if you and your spouse agree on all issues related to the divorce. Here are a few ways that a divorce can help you with an uncontested divorce.
Ensures the Settlement Agreement is Fair
One of the biggest ways that a family law attorney can assist you with an uncontested divorce is ensuring that the settlement agreement is fair before you sign off on it. In many cases, people do not know what they legally may be entitled to if they divorce their partner. They may sign off on a one-sided agreement because they don't understand the laws in their state regarding community property or property that one party had before coming into the marriage. An attorney can ensure the settlement agreement is fair and not one-sided.
Files the Divorce Paperwork
When an uncontested divorce is being done, divorce paperwork still needs to be filed with the court and served on the party who didn't file. A lawyer can file the paperwork and serve your spouse. This ensures that the paperwork and service process is completed correctly so nothing is bounced back to you or delays do not occur.
Submits the Final Divorce Decree
The last thing that a family law attorney can do is to submit the final divorce decree. In many states, there is a waiting period between the time you file for divorce and the time the divorce is final. If you live in one of these states, you must submit a divorce decree to the judge to sign off on after the waiting period is up. If the divorce decree is not submitted and signed, your divorce will not be finalized.
If you are going through a divorce, whether it is contested or uncontested, it is always advised that you sit down and talk with a divorce attorney. If nothing else, they can help to let you know what you may be entitled to in the divorce, ensuring you do not walk away with less than you deserve. A family law attorney can also file all of the paperwork for you and submit the final divorce decree, making sure your divorce is legal and completed as quickly as possible.Share
23 December 2017