An uncontested divorce means that you and your spouse agree on all aspects of your divorce. This process can save time and money. If you share minor children, it can also set a solid foundation for collaborative co-parenting and minimize stress levels for the whole family.
Texas does not legally require you or your spouse to hire a divorce attorney. Some people believe that an uncontested divorce is straightforward enough and that legal representation is not necessary. However, even in the most amicable divorce, a reputable lawyer provides several benefits that can help protect your rights and interests.
A Thorough Initial Evaluation
Whether you are undecided on what type of divorce to pursue or are already interested in an uncontested divorce, consulting with a divorce lawyer is a useful opportunity to get an honest and detailed assessment of your situation. During this appointment, you can also discuss your expectations and goals during the divorce. Your attorney can tailor suggestions and strategies to your specific needs.
In certain circumstances, an uncontested divorce may not be recommended even if you hope it will save you time and money. For example, if you are concerned your spouse may conceal assets or has a history of domestic violence, choosing the contested divorce route may be more effective in protecting your interests.
Your divorce lawyer can walk you through every aspect of the uncontested divorce process. Accurately filling out and correctly submitting the necessary paperwork can help you save time. Professional advice can educate you on residency requirements and typical timelines.
They can also help you prepare for court hearings and accompany you during them. An experienced divorce lawyer can provide extensive resources to educate you on the different agreements you and your spouse need to prepare. Your attorney can answer any questions or concerns you may have.
Sometimes someone’s situation changes and an uncontested divorce is not an effective option anymore. In this situation, your attorney can guide you through the necessary steps of shifting to a contested divorce and continue to support you through this new process.
Professional Help to Draft and Review Agreements
A central part of the divorce process, including for an uncontested one, is to reach an agreement on all matters pertaining to the dissolution of your marriage.
Elements you and your spouse need to address and resolve:
- Division and distribution of marital property, assets, and debts
- Spousal support
- Physical and legal child custody
- Visitation schedules
- Child support
- Other aspects of your parenting plan
Although a judge carefully reviews your proposed plan, especially when it comes to child-related matters, your lawyer can help you draft and review the agreements you and your spouse want to submit to the court.
Working with a lawyer can help you protect your rights and interests. Even well-meaning spouses do not typically have the necessary understanding of state laws to consider all factors a judge will consider before issuing a final ruling. Your attorney can also ensure that your parenting plan is in the child’s best interest, the primary focus of a judge’s evaluation.
Divorce Mediation Representation
While many couples opting for an uncontested divorce are able to reach agreements on their own or with the assistance of their lawyers, some may benefit from alternative dispute resolution such as divorce mediation. By involving a neutral third party to guide discussions and propose solutions, a couple may successfully move forward with a comprehensive agreement to present to the judge for approval.
Let Cynthia Tracy, Attorney at Law, P.C. Advocate for Your Interests in Houston
Our team has a deep knowledge of laws governing divorce and family matters in Texas, and we are here to support you throughout the uncontested divorce process. We have a successful track record of supporting individuals and families going through a simple to complex termination of a marriage. Our approach is client-focused, and you can expect honest assessments and open communication when you trust us with your divorce.
We strive to find time and cost-effective strategies to protect your interests and future. Our lawyers are committed to minimizing your stress and making the process as easy as possible for you and your loved ones. Our firm also provides Spanish translation for your convenience.
Are you considering an uncontested divorce in Houston or its surrounding areas? Call Cynthia Tracy, Attorney at Law, P.C. today at (281) 612-5443 or fill out our online form to schedule a consultation!