Is an uncontested divorce right for me?
Some British Columbia residents might not be aware that an uncontested divorce is more easily resolved than a contested divorce. The reason being that the spouses in an uncontested divorce essentially agree to the terms of a settlement without the intervention of a court.
Also called an undefended divorce, an uncontested divorce requires that both spouses are, for the most part, in agreement about the major matters that need to be resolved when a marriage is dissolved. These include asset division, spousal support and child support.
In an uncontested divorce, spouses must agree on nearly every aspect of the divorce as well as on the divorce itself, meaning that one partner cannot hold reservations about going through with the dissolution. Yet, an uncontested divorce is not necessarily synonymous with an easy divorce. For, the divorce-related matters still require settling.
For instance, divorcing couples must decide on how they will divide their debts between themselves. Parenting agreements must also be made, especially with regard to custody, visitation and financial support.
All divorces, including the uncontested type, demand a significant degree of planning. For example, there are residency requirements that must be met. To file for divorce in British Columbia, it is required that at least one spouse has lived in the area for a minimum of one year. If there are disputes about assets, liabilities, child care or any other significant issue, an uncontested divorce may not be possible.
Regardless of how simple a divorce may appear to be, there is no guarantee that it will be easy. For this reason, spouses considering a divorce often rely on the counsel and representation of a divorce lawyer, who may help individual spouses obtain fair and even favorable settlements.
Source: Family Law in British Columbia, “How to do your own undefended (uncontested) divorce“, November 11, 2014
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