An uncontested divorce is usually a more affordable and less time-consuming option for those seeking divorce. If both spouses agree to end their marriage, and are able to reach agreements regarding the final divorce settlement, they are ideal candidates for an uncontested divorce. This means that they agree on
child custody, the
division of assets, and other financial and custody concerns.
Attorneys are not necessarily needed, but they can make the process a lot easier. A lawyer can help draft paperwork and provide legal advice. An uncontested divorce may sound similar to kitchen table mediation, but the role of the attorney is different.
In kitchen-table mediation, both spouses work with one neutral mediator who gives no legal advice. In an uncontested divorce, an attorney only works with one spouse and gives them legal advice and representation. The other spouse is allowed to have an attorney, as well, but it is not needed. One lawyer does not work with both spouses in uncontested divorces due to the unethical nature of the matter. If you and your spouse are seeking an uncontested divorce, contact a
Las Vegas divorce lawyer at our firm.
How a Las Vegas Divorce Attorney Can Help
An attorney can work with one spouse to draft the necessary documents and fill out forms that are needed for the divorce process. If minor issues arise, the spouse's lawyer is able discuss what the best options are for resolving said problems. The couple will need to create a list of all assets and debts that are to be divided by the court. If children are involved, the spouses must submit child custody and child support agreements, along with a joint petition for divorce.
With a joint petition for divorce, the spouses' terms of agreements must be included. The decree of divorce that the court enters will have the same agreements as what is stated in the joint petition. Due to the simplicity of an uncontested divorce, they are usually finalized within a month. It is rare that spouses have to go to court for an uncontested divorce, but occasionally, a judge will ask for a "prove up" hearing. This is when the judge reiterates the terms of the agreement and makes sure everyone agrees on what is written in the joint petition.
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Uncontested divorces can oftentimes be completed without a lawyer's help. If paperwork is incomplete or filed incorrectly, however, the divorce process can be delayed, and spouses might have to go to court to fix their mistakes. A Las Vegas divorce attorney can assist a spouse in creating terms that both spouses agree on, and filing the appropriate paperwork at the correct time. If children are involved, our firm is able to help a spouse determine the proper amount of child custody and child support.
With over 60 years of combined family law experience, our firm is able to help those in an uncontested divorce situation. We will ensure that the process is as quick and painless as possible, while looking out for your best interest. Contact us today!