The first thing to understand about uncontested divorces is that they might be quite contested. Parties may agree that the marriage has come to an end but does not mean that they agree on whether alimony should be paid, or how medical insurance is to be provided, or how to divide retirement provisions, or any of the other several issues that get raised in a divorce. Most divorces, however, are resolved by agreement at some point in the process. Having a judge decide the issues requires a trial, a long and expensive process. Trials are economically justified in some circumstance, for example where the parties disagree radically on the value of a business. But the vast majority of divorces can and should be resolved by agreement.
Settle Your Uncontested Divorce with the Help of an Experienced Divorce Lawyer
Among other issues that should be settled during the divorce process are:
- Grounds for Divorce: Adultery, abandonment and abuse are some reasons that couples seek divorce. Uncontested divorce allows a divorce to be granted when one spouse testifies that the marriage is over.
- Alimony: Does one of the spouses have a need for financial support and is the other able to provide it? A divorce lawyer can help you answer that question.
- Child Custody: If you have children, this involves figuring out which parent your children will live with most of the time and how much visitation access each parent will have. An uncontested divorce attorney from The Law Office of Hans R. Hailey can help you figure this out.
- Division of Property and other Assets/Liabilities: Massachusetts law requires equitable division of marital property in the event of a divorce. This means that property gets divided "fairly." "Marital property" is all property, regardless of whether the property stands in one person's name or in joint names; it includes even beneficial interests in trusts or estates. What is fair in any particular set of circumstances is often contested, resulting in the need for legal representation from a divorce lawyer.
If you are headed toward a divorce and need help reaching an agreement with your spouse, professional legal representation can oftentimes make the process easier, faster and less expensive.
Reach a Settlement with an Experienced Divorce Lawyer
We have provided legal services for over 30 years at The Law Office of Hans R. Hailey. A professional divorce lawyer can look over your agreement to make sure there are not any legal issues with your decisions. Contact our offices so we can help alleviate the stress that can come with a divorce so you can move on with your life.