What is an Uncontested Divorce?

You can divorce without devastation. As an experienced attorney, I can help you reach a resolution.

Divorces can messy, time consuming, and expensive. Mediation or collaborative divorces can still be an emotional drain on everyone involved; however, there are alternatives. In our legal system, the only way to avoid going to trial is to settle out of court. If both parties agree on all essential issues, an uncontested divorce can be efficient and cost less overall.

A divorce is not considered “uncontested” when both spouses agree they want a divorce. Couples must agree on how to divide their assets, how to handle marital debt, and if they have children, how they will split custody and child support. Uncontested divorces work best when both spouses have the same objective and do not want to spend a lot of money undoing their decision to say, “I do.” In an uncontested divorce, the judge is only asked to approve your decisions—not settle an argument between spouses.

Just because you are getting divorced doesn’t mean there needs to be a winner and a loser. While most separating couples could fill out the paperwork and submit it to the court, I can provide advice and custom tailor the documents to your situation. You do not want to “have a general idea” of how you want to address certain issues. The devil is in the details and uncontested divorces are no different. The divorce settlement should be in the best interest for each spouse and especially the children involved. I can provide guidance on the equitable division of property, direction for developing joint custody or visitation plans for children, and insight to how a judge might view child support.

Special attention should be given to the minor details within the major issues to help prevent separating spouses from having to go to court again and again for issues they thought were settled. With my unique perspective and experience with divorce in Georgia, I can help highlight outstanding issues that need to be worked out prior to proceeding forward with an uncontested divorce. I can also provide helpful solutions for differences that may arise. 

I can also ensure the proper divorce paperwork is prepared correctly and filed electronically in a timely manner. Uncontested divorces are typically done for a flat fee. The duration of an uncontested divorce will also depend on the county’s Superior Court. Some counties place uncontested divorces on non-jury calendars that could take several months for a final decree to be granted, while others address uncontested divorces nearly daily.

Divorce is a difficult even when it is uncontested. As an experienced attorney familiar with divorce law I can provide you with the advice and guidance you need. Please contact me (phone: 678-217-5555; email: raegan@raeganking.com) if you would like to schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your situation.