There are two main types of divorce: contested and uncontested divorce. In a contested divorce, couples are unable to reach a decision as to why they are divorcing. When this happens, they are forced to take their divorce to court. An uncontested divorce happens when couples are able to reach a decision. This allows them to divorce quietly with the dignity of both parties in tact. While the pros of uncontested divorce make it the obvious choice, it is not without its cons as well.

Pros

There are many pros to an uncontested divorce. One of the biggest pros is that it is cost-effective. Because there are no long and drawn-out court battles, the bank account is saved from taking a massive hit. Another advantage is that there is less tension created in the relationship. Most divorced couples would like to remain friends. For the sake of everyone involved (especially children) it is best if the couple can remain friendly with one another. In most cases, this is possible. In others, it is harder. But through an uncontested divorce, there is a much higher chance of an amicable split. One last pro of an uncontested divorce is that couples are able to have more control over the division of their assets. By divorcing in a way that is amicable, the couple is better able to come to an agreement about who gets what without attorneys interfering.

Cons

While uncontested divorce is the most desirable option, it does have some cons. For instance, there are times when it is not practical. This occurs in certain cases, such as if the divorcing couple has a history of domestic abuse. Couples who suffer from abuse are not as likely to be able to, or even want to resolve their issues in a peaceful manner. Another instance where uncontested divorce is not optimal is with couples who are constantly fighting. Any chance that these couples have at an this type of divorce is very slim. Couples who are in this situation often times will not even be able to work with attorneys, let alone with each other to make an divorce end peacefully. The only alternative is a court date.

Divorce is never an easy process, but it can be made simpler. If you or someone you know is thinking about getting a divorce, but is not sure about what options are available, feel free to contact Christine Howard. Christine would be more than happy to talk with you and answer any questions that you might have about the process. If you would like to get in touch, call our office at (864) 282-8575 or email at lnorris@christinehoward.com.

Adapted from The Pros and Cons of Uncontested Divorce by HG.org.