What’s The Cheapest Way To Get Divorced?
If you and your spouse are ready to dissolve your marriage, you may be wondering how you can do so while preserving your marital assets. After all, it’s kind of adding salt to the wound to force you to divide your assets and deplete them in the process. The good news is that you don’t have to. By avoiding contested divorce, you not only get to avoid ever setting foot in a courtroom, you also save on a lot of costs. In most cases, an uncontested divorce is the fastest and most cost effective way to get a divorce.
What is an Uncontested Divorce?
Chances are that when you imagine a divorce you think of a couple in a courtroom. However, the truth is that you only ever have to step foot in a courtroom if you and your spouse cannot come to an agreement on an issue on your own. This creates an opportunity for you to avoid court completely, simply by coming to mutually agreeable terms on all issues included in your divorce agreement on your own or with the assistance of counsel or a third-party mediator. Even couples who have never been able to agree on anything are often able to when they have a shared goal and the assistance of a neutral third-party mediator trained in conflict resolution. In an uncontested divorce, the parties have nothing that they need to litigate in court. The parties are able to come to agreement on the issues in their divorce settlement on their own and simply have the agreement they made ordered into effect by the court. If there is an issue that the couple is not able to agree on, the divorce becomes contested and the issue in question will be litigated in divorce court and decided on by a judge.
Why is Uncontested Divorce the Cheapest Option?
The most expensive part of a divorce is generally the litigation. The most expensive fee that divorce attorneys charge is for the service of litigation. This means that when you cut litigation out of the equation, you also eliminate your largest cost. Even if you choose to utilize the help of a mediator, their hourly rates are generally much lower than that of attorneys, and you will likely only need to work with them for a handful of sessions in order to create a divorce agreement that is acceptable to both of you. In some cases, you may even be able to file for uncontested divorce on your own, in which case you would only have to pay court fees. However, it is usually a good idea to have a divorce attorney handle your uncontested divorce to ensure that the divorce settlement is actually fair and equitable and that no serious errors or omissions have been made. Parties should never accept a divorce settlement without having an attorney review it to ensure it is fair and comprehensive, otherwise they may end up needing to make costly post-divorce modifications, or accidentally waiving their rights to valuable assets that they did not know about or did not know they were entitled to.
Contact Greater Orlando Family Law
If you want to get divorced as quickly and easily as possible, the experienced Orlando divorce lawyers at Greater Orlando Family Law can help. Contact our attorneys today to schedule a consultation.