When spouses initially decide to separate, the days and weeks that follow are often filled with shock, stress, angst and often seem like a blur. No couple in Arkansas intends on divorcing, but sometimes, it is the best course of action. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to divorce. Fortunately, there are different types of divorce. Here are a few of them:
In an uncontested divorce, spouses cooperate to settle their differences upfront as opposed to going through litigation. Typically, these are issues surrounding child custody and visitation, child or spousal support and property division. After coming to an agreement, spouses detail the terms of their settlement in a written property settlement agreement or separation agreement.
A default divorce often happens when one spouse files for divorce but the other spouse does not respond. This may happen when the other spouse moves away and can’t be found. In this case, the judge can grant the divorce even if the other party has not participated in the proceedings, if the individual was properly served with the right paperwork. This may seem like an ideal situation but, as with most things, there are pros and cons to this type of divorce.
A contested divorce involves litigation. Typically, contested divorce happens when spouses are at odds with each other and disagree on many issues. Contested divorces involve court hearings and are usually expensive, stressful and time-consuming.
Help is available
These are just a few of the different types of divorces. For those in Arkansas who are going through divorce, it can be very helpful to speak with a seasoned legal representative. A knowledgeable family law attorney can answer tough questions and guide individuals through this stressful experience.