Chicago Uncontested Divorce Lawyer
Ending a marriage is hardly ever easy, but some divorces are easier than others. You may be familiar with nasty court battles, but not all divorces are like that. Some are kinder and gentler. Both parties may agree on everything. These are called uncontested divorces.
Uncontested divorces, as the name implies, are not contested. There are no arguments or disagreements. You and your spouse are able to effectively communicate with each other. You are both on the same page with all aspects of the divorce.
Uncontested divorces save time and money. Get your divorce finalized quickly and easily with help from a Chicago uncontested divorce lawyer from Birnbaum Gelfman Sharma & Arnoux, LLC. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and get started.
What Happens in an Uncontested Divorce?
In an uncontested divorce, the spouses agree on everything, including property division, alimony, and child custody. In marriages with minor children, you and the other parent will need to work together to create a parenting plan. This plan should lay out parenting time and responsibilities. Courts like to see parenting plans that maximize time and responsibilities between both parents. The parties need to work together to come up with a settlement. As long as the marriage settlement isn’t so lopsided that it favors one spouse, and it adequately provides for any children, the judge will likely agree to it. Because everything is settled in advance, an uncontested divorce requires just one court appearance.
Even for the simplest of divorces, it’s advisable to have a lawyer. Even when couples agree on everything, a lawyer can make sure everything is handled correctly and that there are no mistakes. The smallest error can cause delays or unexpected costs in a divorce.
Joint Simplified Divorce
To simplify the process even more, you and your spouse may qualify for a joint simplified divorce. This expedited divorce process allows you to save a significant amount of time and money. However, there are strict criteria that need to be followed, such as:
- There is no alimony involved.
- The couple does not have children.
- The marriage lasted for less than eight years.
- Neither party owns any real estate.
- The total fair market value of all marital property is under $50,000.
- The combined gross annual income is less than $60,000, with neither person earning more than $30,000.
- The parties have a written agreement that outlines how to split assets that exceed $100 in value.
- There is a written agreement dealing with pet ownership.
Contact Birnbaum Gelfman Sharma & Arnoux, LLC Today
Divorces can be less complicated when everyone is in agreement. If you are divorcing, try to work with your spouse to save time and money. It will be in everyone’s best interest.
The team at Birnbaum Gelfman Sharma & Arnoux, LLC can help you with your divorce. Get the advice you need to finalize your divorce quickly. To speak to a Chicago uncontested divorce lawyer, call (312) 863-2800 or fill out the online form.