Ending a long marriage has the potential to turn into a lengthy and expensive process when spouses are at odds with each other. However, if spouses are willing to cooperate and reach agreements on their divorce, there is an easier and more efficient option. An uncontested divorce is typically the simplest way spouses can divorce in Arkansas.
What is an uncontested divorce?
In an uncontested divorce, both partners not only agree to divorce, but they also reach agreements on all the essential elements of the divorce. Basically, an uncontested divorce means the couple agrees on everything with little conflict. To begin the uncontested divorce process, the couple completes a settlement and puts their agreement in writing, usually with the help of attorneys. In some cases, a brief court appearance may be necessary, but the judge typically signs off on their divorce after both individuals confirm to the court their agreement to the terms.
An uncontested divorce has two primary advantages. It saves the couple valuable time as well as money. If the divorcing spouses reach a settlement, it can often be filed within a few weeks. From there, the court can approve the settlement within a month. For context, a contested divorce often takes months, sometimes years, to complete.
When an individual first decides to separate, he or she might not know whether their divorce will be contested or uncontested. The other party could be willing to pursue an uncontested divorce or could refuse to cooperate at all. However, consulting with a knowledgeable family law attorney sooner rather than later will help Arkansas residents navigate this process and achieve the most favorable results.