A Georgia attorney recently filed for an uncontested divorce from his wife who, according to the man, took $2 million in escrow funds from the man's law firm to pay off business debts of her own.
Though the couple has some serious civil litigation issues to wade through, agreeing to an uncontested divorce will minimize the time and emotional drain of their divorce process.
In an uncontested divorce, both spouses agree on property division, custody and support issues as well as spousal support. Once the spouses settle those issues, they can finish their paperwork and receive a judgment of divorce. In many cases, they don't even have to go to court.
Typically an uncontested divorce costs less because it avoids lengthy negotiations and a drawn-out court battle. In addition to a favorable price compared to a contested divorce, an uncontested divorce is also more efficient. That means getting the divorce process done sooner so that both parties can move on with their individual lives.
The chief advantage of uncontested divorces, however, is that it tends to be much less emotionally draining on the divorcing couple and their children. For couples with children in particular, working cooperatively during this phase creates a positive tone that may benefit everyone involved for years to come.
Because all divorces involve important issues regarding finances, marital property and custody of children, even couples that decide to pursue an uncontested divorce would benefit from talking to an experienced divorce attorney about their rights and to draft the final agreement.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, "Michael Eddings sues, divorces wife in real estate fallout," Jim Mustian, April 18, 2012