Often times divorce can be a long, drawn-out process with lots of court hearings and disagreements. In some cases, every element of the case is a bone of contention between the two parties, but it doesn’t have to be. For Maryland couples who want to end their marriage swiftly without a lot of disagreement and finger-pointing, they should consider an uncontested divorce or a no-fault divorce. In other words, the basic points of argument for child custody, as well as property assets and debt are not up for debate in court hearings. These terms are agreed upon relatively quickly and quietly outside the courtroom. Both parties may have their own lawyers, but it is also possible to have a Maryland family lawyer sit down and mediate with both parties to come up with an agreeable arrangement that is reasonably fair to both parties. One important element is that the parties must separate from the marriage for at least one year before getting a no-fault divorce. There are many reasons to consider a no-fault or uncontested divorce. Most of them center around cost, exposure and a desire to keep it simple.
An uncontested divorce takes away the element of court hearings. There may still be some, but less money is spent on filing fees and preparation when there are fewer court hearings. The Maryland divorce attorneys will be able to focus on the agreement itself, rather than spending valuable time researching information and preparing for court. A no-fault divorce eliminates the need for each side to prove that the other party caused the marriage’s downfall. In other words, private investigations, interviewing witnesses and spending time checking into a financial trail of trouble to prove a case aren’t needed, so expenses are much lower.
For couples who wish to keep their private lives private, a no-fault divorce is preferred to having a public court case over elements like infidelity or other embarrassing issues. In other cases, there is no real wrong-doing; both parties are ready to sever the marital relationship because it didn’t work for any number of reasons.
Keeping it Simple
A no-fault divorce or uncontested divorce often relies on the parties’ ability to come to an agreement with the least amount of negotiation possible. For example, a prenuptial agreement may have set forth some guidelines long before the couple was ever married. Couples without children may find a no-fault divorce a simpler option than those with children, since child custody and visitation are often the central sticking point in divorce cases.
A Maryland divorce attorney can help you decide whether a no-fault or uncontested divorce makes sense in your personal situation.
For more information about Maryland divorce laws and requirements and how they affect you, contact our office at 301-587-2099 which is located in Rockville, MD to set up an appointment for a consultation with Spencer Hecht or another experienced attorney at our firm.