This is the first post in a series discussing uncontested divorces in Little Rock, Arkansas. We feel it is important to write about this topic because divorce situations can be overwhelming and complicated. As a result, people are often unsure how to proceed. An uncontested divorce can be an attractive option when the parties agree that ending the marriage is appropriate and they also agree on all of the key terms of a settlement. This option can be faster and less expensive than filing a contested case, however, parties considering this approach should be aware of the basic requirements and potential ramifications of obtaining an uncontested dissolution of their marriage. An attorney can help you to understand whether such a course is the best option for you. If you need assistance, please contact our office today to speak with a lawyer.
In this series we will address several important topics. These include:
- Eligibility for the uncontested divorce process
- The benefits and consequences of an uncontested divorce
- How an uncontested divorce can result in having to go back to court
- Why parties should retain an attorney for an uncontested divorce
Understanding each of these issues is important in deciding whether such a process is right for your specific situation. First, you must meet Arkansas’ eligibility requirements to qualify and proceed in this manner. These include certain residency requirements, the ability to demonstrate grounds for ending the marriage, and you must be in complete agreement on all terms of settlement. Second, if you are eligible, it is essential to understand the benefits and potential consequences of this process. Namely, the desire for a speedy conclusion may result in one or both parties accepting settlement terms that are unsatisfactory in the long-term. Third, it can be difficult to modify settlement terms once they are agreed to, which can lead the parties back to court to face additional costs and an uncertain outcome. Finally, retaining a qualified family law lawyer to assist you in these matters may help avoid costly and potentially permanent mistakes.
If you are considering ending your marriage, then contact our Little Rock divorce attorneys today. Divorces can be extremely stressful. We can help guide you through the process and determine if the uncontested process is right for you. Contact us today to schedule a consultation. We also handle matters in Fayetteville, Fort Smith, Springdale, Jonesboro, North Little Rock, Conway, Rogers, Pine Bluff and throughout the rest of Arkansas.