Do you have an uncontested divorce?
An uncontested divorce is a divorce in which everything has been settled or agreed upon. If there is any disputed item, the divorce is not uncontested. An uncontested divorce can be very hard to achieve. With the effort and planning of our professionals in family law, and patience on your part, you can save thousands of dollars and a great deal of emotional stress.
One of the best ways to ensure your divorce is uncontested is to sign a “separation agreement” (also known as a “divorce agreement”).
What is a separation agreement and how does it ease the process?
A separation agreement is simply an agreement between both parties on the division of assets, child custody and visitation rights, and anything else related to the marriage. A separation agreement is an excellent tool for many reasons:
- It is a binding contract. The opposing party will not be able to renege on the agreement at a later date.
- It keeps your children out of court. Generally, courts are very receptive to protecting children. However, the separation agreement guarantees that your children are never exposed to the legal system.
- It keeps your life private. A separation agreement allows both parties to keep private how and why they divided their asset as they did. Each aspect of the separation agreement—the children, the pensions, even the marital home—is shielded from the public eye.
- Child support, alimony, maintenance, and/or spousal support are completed. The separation agreement will allow both parties to agree on how the aforementioned items are handled in a private forum as opposed to an open court.
Am I required to get divorced after I create a separation agreement?
No. You can remain separated nearly indefinitely without penalty.
A separation agreement saves both parties money and stress by awarding them an “uncontested” divorce. This is not the path for everyone, however, and The Fitzgerald Law Firm knows that. We handle all types of divorces and every aspect of them—child custody, child placement, child support, alimony, maintenance, support, and other family law issues.
At The Fitzgerald Law Firm your initial consultation is always free and you will always meet directly with one of our attorneys. We understand that appointments during traditional working hours may not be convenient for all, and thus we strive to be available for evening, weekend, and off-site appointments.