Uncontested divorces let you and your spouse divorce faster and with none of the hassle common to traditional divorces. While they’ll save you time and potentially money, uncontested divorces are still a lengthy process that you and your spouse will need to navigate. The best thing you can do prior to meeting with your New Jersey divorce lawyer is to make sure you’re prepared. Here are a few simple steps you’ll want to follow as you prepare for your divorce.
Make Sure You and Your Spouse Agree on an Uncontested Divorce
Though it’s possible to switch from an uncontested divorce to a contested divorce, doing so can delay your final and legal separation. Before you start preparing in earnest, make sure that filing for an uncontested divorce is in your best interest. You and your spouse should agree on most if not all of the terms of the divorce before you start speaking with attorneys. If you and your spouse are constantly arguing or are unable to agree on the terms, you may be better off filing for a traditional divorce from the beginning.
Find an New Jersey Divorce Lawyer
Once you’re sure that an uncontested divorce is the right option for your needs, start looking for an attorney. Keep in mind that you’ll want to choose a New Jersey divorce lawyer that’s familiar with uncontested divorces, not just traditional divorces. This will ensure that the process goes as smoothly as possible.
Consider meeting with several attorneys before you make your decision. Remember, you’ll need to be comfortable working with them and if you’re not confident in their ability to help you navigate the divorce process, you’ll want to look elsewhere.
Compile Your Documents
Dividing assets can be one of the hardest parts of any divorce, contested or uncontested. Start gathering your documents as soon as you and your spouse agree to pursue an uncontested divorce. You’ll want to provide any bank statements for joint and individual accounts, mortgage documents, titles, deeds, and anything related to joint property that you share with your spouse. This will make finalizing the terms easier.
Be Prepared to Negotiate Amicably
The hallmark of uncontested divorces is the ability of each spouse to negotiate amicably. Make sure you’re ready for this before your appointment with your attorney. Carefully consider your ability to work with your spouse and reach some kind of compromise over terms that you’re not completely aligned on already. If you and your spouse are constantly arguing or you’re not confident that you’ll be able to avoid tons of arguing while meeting with your attorneys, filing a traditional divorce may be a better choice.
Consider Any Co-Parenting Plans Ahead of Time
If you have children or plan on splitting custody of your pets, try to discuss co-parenting plans before you meet with your attorneys. Consider how you’ll handle different situations, who the children or pets will stay with and for how long, and any other terms you believe are necessary. Take notes on what you agree to and bring those notes with you when meeting with your attorney.
Schedule a Consultation Today
Uncontested divorces can be a faster and easier way to separate from your spouse. If you’re considering an uncontested divorce or want to see if this type of divorce is right for your situation, contact Carvajal Law today to schedule a free consultation. Our team can help whether you file for an uncontested or a traditional divorce.