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What Is an Uncontested Divorce?

When a couple that has entered into a union through marriage wish to end such a union, they may avail of themselves several options in which to sever their union. Their options are limited to the reasons or their justification of separation or termination of the marriage as well as the manner in which they wish to proceed. One way of ending a marriage is through an uncontested divorce. This kind of divorce involves no court trial that either spouse must appear at.

An uncontested divorce may mean several things. First, it may mean that the spouses have both reached a mutual decision to terminate their marriage and have reached such a decision without disagreements as to how to proceed. It may also mean that a spouse who has been notified of divorce proceedings that the other spouse initiated fails to respond. It is also possible that an uncontested divorce is one wherein the spouses were able to settle their disputes outside a court of law and reach a settlement they both agree to.

In order for a spouse to obtain an uncontested divorce, he or she must first file the appropriate legal documentation with the proper offices and having such documents served to the other spouse. After having filed and served the documents, the divorce-initiating spouse must provide the legal documents, referred to as the settlement agreement, that detail the arrangement between both spouses, details that include property division, child custody, and other necessary information. Lastly, the finalized divorce papers are filed with and approved by a court of law.

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