Many people believe that an uncontested divorce equals an easy divorce. The easiest divorces are those where there are no assets and no children. Barring unforeseen issues, these divorces can be as easy as simply obtaining your spouse’s signature.
However, in many uncontested cases—where there are the considerations of children, property, support, etc.—an uncontested divorce can quickly turn into a complicated venture. So, it is highly recommended that you consult an attorney to determine your rights and to decide what you are willing to accept so that your divorce action remains uncontested.
You may not agree on how and when the house will be sold, in which case you need to know the legal implications of that disagreement and what your potential exposure will be because of it.
Before signing anything, you need to know your rights and how to use that knowledge as you negotiate with your spouse. Now, it is important that you share your understanding or your agreement with your spouse (and your spouse’s reservations) with your attorney so that you get appropriate advice about some of the legal pitfalls you may face. For instance, you and your spouse may agree to waive child support, but is that waiver something your local matrimonial clerk will allow?
These are issues that only an attorney can help you navigate. Do not be penny wise and pound foolish.
Make an appointment with an attorney who will meet with you to strategize your actions, not one who just gives a free meet and greet. And, if you need additional help to actually plan for a divorce or separation, I am here now to help you Turn Fear Into Power When Happily Ever After Fades Away®.