Divorce mediations can often be cumbersome for couples. In addition to the emotional upheaval over estrangement from a spouse, legal hassles and financial burden of a divorce may become traumatic. In some cases when both spouses are in favor of a divorce, the estranged couple may go for an uncontested divorce proceeding. This usually happens when separating spouses agree to have an open and productive discussion.
There are various factors required to determine if a couple is eligible for an uncontested divorce. First, both parties must agree to the divorce proceedings. Second, the couple must have been estranged for at least six months prior to filing for uncontested divorce. Third, to file for an uncontested divorce, the couple must not have any minor child under the age of 21. Uncontested divorce proceedings must be filed after settlement of all financial aspects of the divorce like alimony or property division.
Uncontested divorce forms have to be filed by the estranged couple. The divorce forms must include the social security number as well as phone numbers, present home address as well as names including prior last names. A copy of the marriage certificate also needs to be attached with the uncontested divorce forms and proceedings. Any additional documents relating to the divorce like alimony or settlement need to be given along with the form for uncontested divorce proceedings.
With the extensive paperwork to be filed for uncontested divorce proceedings, many couples decide to get professional legal help in such proceedings. Uncontested divorce proceedings are also often filed after settling all other claims. Thus getting help in divorce proceedings may be of paramount importance.
Source: NYCOURTS.gov, "Uncontested divorce overview", Accessed on Nov. 20 2014