The Uncontested Divorce: What Does It Mean?

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The Uncontested Divorce: What Does It Mean?

So, you and your spouse have made the difficult decision to file for divorce and you are now wondering how do you even start this process? An uncontested divorce means that you and your spouse agree on each and every issue in your divorce. The issues typically include property division, allocation of debts, child custody, child support, parenting time and maintenance (alimony). In order for the case to be classified as uncontested, the parties must agree on ALL of these issues, or the case is contested. Filing an uncontested divorce can save you and your spouse both time and money. It is important for parties to understand that choosing this route requires complete cooperation from both parties. If one party decides not to participate, an uncontested divorce may not be the right path. Some couples cannot agree on everything, and that is normal. When parties cannot agree, a petition is still filed and the other party will be served with those documents. In many counties in Missouri, courts will order the parties to attend mediation to try one more time to come to an agreement before taking up issues at trial.

Going through a divorce, whether contested or not, may also mean revising your estate plan.

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