Why an Uncontested Divorce May Not Be Best for You

An uncontested divorce can sound appealing: no trial, a faster resolution, and less conflict. While an uncontested divorce may be a good answer in some divorces, it’s important to understand the possible pitfalls before you agree to one.

Discrepancies in agreements. You might think you are agreeing to one thing while your spouse has other ideas. When you waive your right to appear in the divorce, the court hears only one voice, that of your spouse. To ensure your uncontested divorce fits your needs, it is best to work out a written settlement document instead of simply not appearing.

Spur of the moment decisions. You are likely anxious to get your divorce behind you and because of this you may be willing to agree to things that aren’t exactly what you want. Giving in here and there on financial issues can amount to a huge overall hit for you monetarily. It’s best to work out a fully fleshed out settlement that states all of your financial agreements clearly so that you can understand all of the implications.

Lack of discovery. One of the most important parts of the contested divorce process is discovery. Your attorney obtains all of the financial records from your divorce, as well as any concerning your spouse’s separate property. If you do not go through this process, it is very easy for your spouse to hide assets from you. It is also possible that there could be debts with your name on them that you are not aware of. A thorough discovery process ensures that complete information is available.

It is always a good idea to carefully review your case with your attorney before making any decisions about how to proceed.

At DeTorres & DeGeorge your future is our focus. Our experienced matrimonial attorneys are ready to discuss your case in Califon, New Jersey and the surrounding areas. Call us today at 908-284-6005 to schedule an appointment

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About DeTorres and DeGeorge Family Law

DeTorres and DeGeorge Family Law is a New Jersey based family law firm that has been helping New Jersey residents achieve the best possible results in their divorce for nearly 30 years. The DeTorres and DeGeorge Family Law team is always ready to fight for their clients’ rights – determined to help New Jersey families overcome legal challenges from start to finish. Our legal team, with over 65 years of combined experience, provides expert guidance on all family law and divorce-related matters, including custody and parenting time, alimony and child support, equitable distribution of assets, premarital agreements, post-divorce issues, executive compensation distribution, divorces for business owners, and divorce mediation. The firm has been recognized for its dedication and expertise in the industry by multiple local and national organizations, including Super Lawyers, Law Firm 500, and the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys. Rosanne DeTorres, Managing Partner, is one of 150 lawyers certified as a matrimonial law attorney.

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