Divorce can be easy, quick and cheap – when it is an uncontested divorce.
A divorce by agreement or an “uncontested divorce” is a smooth process. Parties work out all issues of their divorce by agreement. Those issues can include child custody, child visitation, child support, property division, alimony, division of debt, etc. Once the parties sign an agreement, it is submitted to a judge for approval.
Information on the divorce process may be found here, in the Alabama Code on Uncontested Divorce.
What Can I Put In My Uncontested Divorce Agreement? How Do I Protect My Rights?
Everything from instructions on how a house will be sold, whether or not your spouse is allowed to drink or smoke around your children, and even specifics on how parents will monitor their children’s internet usage can be put in an agreement!
Some people need to be told how to parent. So if you have children and walk away with a document that only says you are divorced, your rights may not be fully protected. You could be left in a difficult position in future years. It is important to get all details of your agreement pertaining to your children in writing so that there are no questions in the future.
Do We Both Need An Attorney in an Uncontested Divorce?
You and your spouse do not necessarily each need a divorce attorney in an uncontested divorce situation. There is a legal means by which one attorney can file paperwork for both Husband and Wife, if the other agrees. This often helps cut the costs of the proceeding when both parties are in agreement about the terms and are trying to keep the expense of the process low.
It is extremely important to enlist the help of an experienced attorney in this situation. One may never understand the power of a few little words to change lives until a judge later interprets an uncontested divorce agreement. Often times the addition or subtraction of one word can mean a world of difference in someone’s case. Mistakes and omissions in agreements can be costly and have serious ramifications years down the line. More information can be found here, in the Alabama Code on Property Rights of a Husband and Wife in Uncontested Divorce Property Rights.
It is hard to imagine just how long divorce documents will affect your life. Attorneys describe divorce clients as “lifelong clients” because so many issues arise after a divorce. The needs of children change as they get older. Divorced parents get remarried, their incomes change and they want to move. It is so important it is to have a solid divorce decree, one that will protect your future rights.
It is extremely important to have attorney that understands how to craft a solid agreement and who can protect your rights.