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The benefits of an uncontested divorce make it worth the trouble

A divorce isn't fun for anyone, but there are ways to make it more convenient. If you and your spouse can agree that you should work out your divorce-related issues without a judge making decisions for you, then you can pursue an uncontested divorce.

Uncontested divorces have some major benefits. They take less time, cost less and end without as many negative feelings. Both people work together to come up with reasonable solutions to their property division or child custody concerns, which means both are likely to be happier with the outcome.

Benefits outweigh the disadvantages

The benefits of an uncontested divorce often outweigh the disadvantages. With uncontested divorces, paperwork is streamlined. Disputes take less time to address, because they are less likely to be serious or to come up at all. Conflicts are much less likely when both spouses work together to resolve their divorce.

Another thing to keep in mind is that if you have to go to trial, the divorce proceedings become public. If you don't want people to know how much money you have, the custody arrangements you come up with or how a judge rules in your case, you need to resolve all your issues outside court. This minimizes the total information that reaches the public.

Why attempt an uncontested divorce?

One disadvantage is that a contested divorce takes longer to handle in court. If you and your spouse can't agree on custody arrangements or how to split up your assets, a judge has to have a hearing and trial before you find out what he or she rules. If the judge rules in a way that you're not satisfied with, you may have to appeal that decision with the likelihood that it will not change.

These are just some things to think about if you're planning to file for divorce. Attempt to work through your problems, since that will save you time and money.

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