For better or for worse, it is relatively easy to obtain a divorce in the
United States; that is, it’s relatively easy if the divorce is uncontested.
Uncontested does not mean that the spouse agrees to get divorced, as it
sounds like it would. Instead, uncontested means that both spouses
agree on all terms of the divorce. This includes property, finances, AND custody and visitation
of the children. For many couples who qualify for an uncontested divorce,
they have already separated, split their property, and have a set visitation/child
support routine. Filing a divorce for these couples is usually just a
formality, but an important one because, especially in states like Texas,
with no “
legal separation“, until you complete the divorce, you remain married for all purposes,
including the accumulation of community property and liabilities.
If you happen to have a true, uncontested divorce, the process can be simplified.
The key (again) is that you and your spouse have to agree on everything,
including the visitation and custody terms for your children. If you disagree
on something even slightly, you may need a more traditional approach.
However, if you truly have an “uncontested divorce” online,
or online Lawyer-assisted, services, like
SimpleTexasDivorce.com can be great low cost alternatives.
Do note, however, that once you and your spouse agree to an uncontested
divorce, and you decide to do it yourself, you go through the process,
and finalize your case, your divorce is final. If you need to change any
of the terms of the divorce, and your ex-spouse does not agree to do so,
you will need to hire an attorney to modify your divorce decree. Generally,
you can only modify the terms of a decree when it comes to child support,
child custody and other child-related provisions. And, even then, only
under certain specific circumstances. You really do need to try to get
it the way you want it the first time, even if that requires hiring an
attorney and/or doing a divorce consultation.
If you would like to learn more about filing an uncontested divorce either
by yourself or with an attorney, please
visit our website dedicated to providing accurate and complete”uncontested
divorce kits.” Of course, if you have a contested divorce on your hands,
we would be more than happy to assist you with that as well.