In New Hampshire, couples have the option of attempting an uncontested divorce rather than a standard divorce. The differences matter, even though an uncontested divorce can still benefit from a lawyer to complete the process.
What makes an uncontested divorce?
There are two possible ways for a divorce to be uncontested. The first is that when one spouse serves the other with the divorce papers, they never respond and do not appear in court. This might happen if they are disinterested in the outcome or if they live far away and do not have the inclination to travel. The other method is if the spouse accepts the papers and then agrees to the terms of the divorce without pushing back on them.
Completing an uncontested divorce
When the two parties agree on the terms, or if there are just a few small differences in their goals, an uncontested divorce can be faster and cheaper than fighting it out. They will need to file the right paperwork with the court, but generally neither spouse has to actually appear in a courtroom. Lawyers can help get the process over the finish line and iron out any last-minute issues. An uncontested divorce requires the least effort and expense, and in common language it is sometimes called an amicable divorce.
If the two spouses do not have any major issues with the financial settlement terms and can come to a fast agreement on child custody and related issues, then an uncontested divorce allows them to move on quickly and with minimal legal expenses, as well as with reduced emotional burden.