Divorce cases are notorious for being high-conflict and very stressful. However, in some instances, the parties are able to reach a mutual agreement about the division of assets and debts, the separation agreement, and the best co-parenting arrangements. Whenever parties are able to agree on the issues, the case is considered "uncontested". Uncontested divorce cases often move more quickly to resolution, involve less of the Court's intervention, and allow parties more control over the ultimate outcome. Uncontested divorce cases can also result in lower legal fees because the parties do most of the work negotiating their desired outcome. In an uncontested divorce, parties can receive their divorce decree as soon as 91 days from filing the petition.
Sometimes parties get the impression that in uncontested cases they do not need an attorney. While this may be true in some cases, it is also true that parties who draft their own separation agreements and parenting plans may inadvertently overlook important protections and rights. It can be much more expensive and difficult to try to go back later and correct a separation agreement that did not address important issues that the parties did not consider when they initially filed it, so having an attorney assist you with making sure you have considered all possible issues can be invaluable. At McGuire Law, you get the benefit of our experience over countless cases in helping you prevent unforeseen disputes later on.