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Divorcing amicably — is it possible?

Divorce is never easy, but for some Washington couples, it is possible to walk through the process in an amicable, peaceful manner. An amicable divorce is not an impossible dream, but in order to reach a truly successful resolution in an uncontested divorce, a person would be wise to know how to protect his or her interests in even the most amicable of divorces.

You may think that an uncontested divorce is the best option for you. There are many reasons why this could be a positive choice, but when it comes to your divorce, the decisions you make will have a significant impact on your life for years to come. Before you decide to move forward with an uncontested divorce, you would be wise to carefully consider how your choice will impact your future.

Should you consider an uncontested divorce?

There are many reasons why a couple would choose to file for an uncontested divorce. In general, this is an appropriate choice for two people who are in agreement on the major issues that often cause contention when a marriage ends, such as custody, spousal support and property division. Some of the benefits of an uncontested divorce include: 

  • In most cases, an uncontested divorce costs less than a litigious, contested divorce process.
  • Many couples choose an uncontested divorce because it is both faster and easier to complete the process.
  • An uncontested divorce may reduce continued contention between the two parties, which leads to fewer post-divorce disputes.
  • Often, an uncontested divorce may allow a couple to keep certain information private and many details, such as financial information, hidden.

Uncontested divorce doesn’t work for everyone. For couples with significant assets, complex marital property at stake or complicated child custody issues, an uncontested divorce may not allow the two parties to effectively address some of these specific issues.

Your pursuit of a strong post-divorce future

Your choice to divorce will change every part of your life, but with the right support and guidance, it is possible to ultimately achieve a strong post-divorce future. Your path to a beneficial, workable final order could be through an uncontested divorce, but you would be wise to seek a complete evaluation of your situation in order to understand all of the options available to you.

Even in an uncontested divorce, it is prudent to know your rights and how you should work to protect your entitlements. Before you make any important decisions, it could be useful to learn more about the uncontested divorce process.