Divorce is a complex legal procedure, and spouses may search for ways to simplify it in any way they can. If you and your spouse know you want to divorce, you may dread the complex legal process and financial changes ahead, and both of you may decide you want an easier way to approach your divorce. By opting to file for an uncontested divorce, you may find that your divorce is simpler, faster and less stressful than a contested divorce.
Simply wanting an easier divorce does not necessarily qualify you for an uncontested divorce. This option is only for Washington couples who have no remaining disputes to resolve. If you and your spouse are in agreement about the terms of your divorce order and simply want to finalize terms, you may consider this option as you move forward.
Who can get an uncontested divorce?
In order to file for an uncontested divorce, the couple must have no remaining disputes they need to resolve. This means you and your spouse are in agreement on all issues that you must address in your divorce order, including spousal support, property division, child custody, visitation, child support and more. Many couples reach these amicable agreements through discussions and negotiations. However, all uncontested divorce agreements are subject to the approval of the court.
If your spouse does not agree to the terms, or changes his or her mind at some point, a contested divorce is your only option. While a contested divorce does mean there are remaining disputes you will have to resolve, that does not necessarily mean you will have to go through a contentious and stressful court battle. There are other ways to resolve disputes and reach terms that will allow you to move forward toward a strong and stable post-divorce future.
Protecting your future interests
Your future interests are at stake regardless of how you and your spouse are approaching your divorce. It is possible that an uncontested divorce will allow you to pursue a strong future, but you may find it beneficial to first seek an understanding of all your legal options before you make any important decisions about your future. Whether you have a contested or uncontested divorce, you will be wise to make choices that will make the most sense for your long-term interests.