An uncontested divorce is the quickest divorce option there is if you and your spouse are able to agree on marital property division, spousal maintenance, child support, parenting time, legal decision making, and other major divorce issues.
Uncontested / Quick Divorce Options
An uncontested divorce can save you time and money especially when compared to a contested divorce. However, both parties must be willing to come to an agreement on important divorce issues as mentioned above.
Uncontested / Quick divorce options include:
Collaborative divorce is an out-of-court – private process – that can provide a peaceful path to divorce even if you and your spouse are not in agreement on child-related or financial issues coming into the process. In a collaborative divorce, each party has a lawyer to advocate for their interests according to BestLegalChoices. Learn more about Collaborative Divorce
Divorce Mediation is a divorce process where a divorce mediator, neutral third party, works with both spouses to facilitate agreements regarding all their divorce issues. Mediation is typically more affordable than a traditional/litigated divorce in Arizona and often helps the spouses reach full agreements. The divorce mediation process allows both parties to determine the outcome of their divorce rather than a judge. Learn more about Divorce Mediation
You can file a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage in Arizona by yourself, and your spouse doesn’t file a Response within 20 days (30 days if he or she lives out of state), you might be able to ask the court to proceed by “default.” This means that the uncontested divorce process can go forward without the other spouse’s involvement. In these cases, the court might grant a default divorce decree, finalizing the divorce according to the terms in the Petition.
The process of legal separation is a similar to divorce in that the court enters orders regarding legal decision making, parenting time and child support, as well as division of assets/debts and spousal maintenance; however, the parties are still legally married at the end of a legal separation, whereas the marriage is terminated at the end of a divorce. Learn more about Legal Separation
Quick Divorce with Online Divorce Forms
Online divorce is becoming more popular. Online divorce involves filling out paperwork online and filing the paperwork at your local courthouse. There are many pros of online divorce but it doesn’t work for all couples.
Online divorce pros and advantages include:
- Low cost
- Speeds up the divorce process
- Don’t have to appear in court
- You keep control of the process
Online divorce cons and disadvantages include:
- Doesn’t work if your divorce is contested
- You could get scammed
- No attorney to review paperwork
- May need other forms that the divorce service doesn’t know about
According to OnlineDivorce, “Filing an online divorce is a great way to make money and save time. However, it’s not the best scenario for everyone. You need to make sure that you and your spouse are willing to agree on everything and that no contention could cause you to need an attorney later.”
Hire a Lawyer for a Quick Divorce
Divorce litigation can be scary and emotionally draining for you, your spouse, and your children. But it doesn’t have to be that way with uncontested divorce options such as collaborative divorce and divorce mediation. The collaborative process and the divorce mediation process can result in a less expensive, more efficient, and less harmful outcome for everyone involved.
Ogborne Law can help with divorce mediation and collaborative divorce in Phoenix, Arizona, and surrounding areas. Our law office is located at 5020 E Shea Blvd Suite 240, Scottsdale, AZ 85254 inside the Paradise Valley Plaza.
Choose the Right Uncontested Divorce Lawyer in Arizona
Regardless of the choice you make, it’s important you make the best choice for you when hiring an uncontested divorce attorney. Remember: The decisions you make now can affect your future. Ultimately, choosing the best lawyer will depend on which lawyer feels best for you and your situation.
Engaging with an attorney to protect your family is never an easy step. Whether you need to protect your family from the unthinkable or restructure your family through collaborative divorce, we’re here to help. When you’re ready to schedule a consultation with Michelle Ogborne, please visit the scheduling page to get started.