When you are preparing for a divorce, you and your spouse may agree to be as amicable as possible. Opting for an uncontested divorce is often a great way to save money and time. Plus, this method can be a lot easier on your emotions. But this does not necessarily mean the process is a walk in the park.
You must still do your research and make decisions carefully during an uncontested divorce. Here are some general suggestions on how to have a successful divorce.
- Do not be too trusting
While you may think your spouse is a generally reliable person, it is better to be safe than sorry. Do not assume your spouse will be forthcoming and honest, especially when it comes to disclosing assets. You do not want to end up without your fair share of assets.
- Stay calm and professional
The goal of an uncontested divorce is to avoid unnecessary litigation. In order to accomplish this, you must try to remain as calm as possible. This does not mean you need to give up more than necessary, but it does require you to maintain control over your emotions and refrain from letting anger get the best of you. Approach the negotiations and hearings with a professional demeanor. Diving into arguments will only complicate the divorce.
- Be careful when dividing assets
The property division process may involve negotiations for splitting a wide variety of assets, including the following:
- Real estate
- Business assets
- Retirement accounts
Some of these assets can be difficult to value. If you are dividing any complex assets, you may want to hire a third-party appraiser. A professional appraiser will determine a more accurate value so you can negotiate fairly.
An uncontested divorce may not seem as intimidating or scary as a litigated divorce, but it still requires preparation and careful decision-making.