What is an uncontested divorce in Louisiana?

The Spigener Law Firm specializes in personal injury cases and estate planning, but Mrs. Rodriguez can also handle uncontested divorces in Louisiana and Mississippi.

So what is an uncontested divorce? An uncontested divorce is one where the couple agrees to divorce and they are able to reach an agreement on other issues such as child custody and/or support, spousal support, or community property. An uncontested divorce will likely save time and money for all parties involved.

The idea of divorce is challenging enough but it is often the long, drawn out process that causes more damage. Fighting over all of the issues that go with divorce can often cause irreparable damage to the divorcing spouses, the children, and even other family members.

A contested divorce often results in multiple court filings and there are fees that accompany every filing. Additionally, there can be a big retainer involved in even hiring a family law attorney to handle the case. An uncontested divorce is a much less expensive option.

 

Is there anyone who should not get an uncontested divorce?

The short answer is yes, there are some couples who should not get an uncontested divorce. There are some situations where the court must intervene if the divorcing parties cannot come to an agreement. Some examples of this are when the situation is so volatile that the parties cannot effectively communicate or when one partner controls all the finances.

 

Is there a waiting period?

Yes. If there are no minor children involved, the waiting period during which a divorcing couple must live separately is six months. If there are minor children involved, the waiting period is one year.

 

Do I have to go to court for an uncontested divorce?

No. In many cases, you do not have to appear in court for an uncontested divorce.

In summary, an uncontested divorce can be an easier path to get through a painful situation. If you’re not sure what your situation requires, please contact our office. We are happy to help guide you.

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