When spouses absolutely fail to meet an agreement on the terms of their divorce, their case will be launched into a divorce trial, where a judge will make the final decisions for a couple. This means a great deal of time spent simply waiting for the next available time to schedule court hearings. It also means that the divorce would go public, and it could get heated. Sometimes though, a contested divorce will be necessary, or simply unavoidable. The good news, most divorces do not go to trial. A big reason for this is the ability to get an uncontested divorce.
Ever since 2010, a couple could get an uncontested divorce if there was an "irretrievable breakdown of the marriage", the only reason necessary for a no-fault divorce. Also, a divorce could be uncontested if one spouse does not appear in court. Previously, divorce was only possible if there was fault-based reason for the divorce, usually for marital misconduct such as abuse or adultery. But now with an uncontested divorce, a couple can make the decisions when it comes to property division, child custody, support payments, etc. And these major decisions get to be made in private. All that is left for a judge to do is review your agreement and approve it. This can save you a great deal of time, which means incurring fewer financial and emotional costs as well.
An uncontested divorce is generally quicker and more peaceful than a litigated divorce is, but that does not mean it is simple. This is still a complex legal process, a process that you want to be handled in a professional manner, a process that needs to produce an agreement that will hold up in court and that will protect your rights. This is where working with a skilled Long Island divorce attorney is invaluable. Learn how a legal expert can help you with your divorce when you contact the Meyers Law Group, P.C. today.