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Do I need to hire an attorney for an uncontested divorce?

Many couples contemplate whether they can navigate the uncontested divorce process without hiring lawyers. This is because, with an uncontested divorce, there’s no need for a trial, as you have already worked out an agreement on all of the terms that will apply to the termination of your marriage. While it’s possible to file independently, it’s in your best interest to retain the legal services of an experienced Ocean County divorce Attorney who can help you make informed decisions about your future. Please continue reading to learn more about the uncontested divorce process and how an attorney can help you navigate this complex legal process to achieve the best possible outcome.  

What is an uncontested divorce?

In New Jersey, there are two different routes to getting an absolute divorce: a contested or an uncontested divorce. If you and your spouse disagree about some or all of the issues involved in dissolving your marriage, your divorce will be contested. If you cannot settle those disputes, you must undergo a trial where a judge will resolve these issues for you. However, if you manage to settle all of your matters disputed, meaning you and your spouse have worked out an agreement on all of the terms that will apply to the termination of your marriage, you can pursue an uncontested divorce. The uncontested divorce process is quicker and cheaper than a contested divorce. By opting for an uncontested divorce, you can save significant time and money by avoiding a complex legal battle.

Why is it essential to retain legal representation?

If you and your spouse agree on all the terms of your divorce, you don’t technically need an attorney, as you can file independently. However, failing to retain quality legal representation is a huge mistake that could jeopardize your future security. If a divorce is imminent, it’s vital to consult an attorney to ensure you make the best decisions for your situation. Regardless of how amicable your divorce may start, minor disagreements can arise during this stressful legal process. When things go south, it’s crucial to have someone on your side to help navigate these situations and protect your rights and interests.

Even if you are on good terms with your former spouse, you can benefit from hiring an attorney to draft all the necessary paperwork and manage pertinent documents. An attorney will review your settlement agreement to ensure you haven’t given up any of your legal rights, as you may not know you’re entitled to certain things.

If you’re considering an uncontested divorce, please don’t hesitate to contact a determined Ocean County divorce attorney from the Law Offices of Sarina Gianna, LLC, who can help you determine the best divorce route for your particular situation.