Divorce is nearly always fraught with emotion and turmoil. If you and your divorcing spouse can find agreeable terms without battling it out in court, you are to be commended. An uncontested divorce in Connecticut is just that – a divorce in which both parties agree to all the terms, including those involving important issues related to the division of property, alimony, child support, and child custody. Couples often wonder if they will still need to go to court to finalize their uncontested divorce, and the answer is a resounding “no.”
If you and your spouse find common ground and reach a settlement arrangement that you can both live with, your family law attorney will draft a formal Separation Agreement. An uncontested divorce hearing will then be scheduled for your case. It’s important to remember that, even though you agree on a settlement arrangement, this does not mean that you should forego legal counsel. A Connecticut divorce involves a complicated process that can take unforeseen twists and turns. Only an experienced Connecticut divorce attorney can help ensure that your interests are well represented and that your rights are protected.
Your uncontested divorce hearing will occur in a courtroom that’s open to the public and that’s much like the courtroom where a divorce trial would have occurred. Your hearing will begin with the filing party’s attorney asking the filing party to provide marital background information to the judge:
The Judge will then review your separation agreement, which is usually accomplished by having the filing party’s attorney specify the agreement’s important highlights. The Judge reviews this information to ensure that both parties understand the terms; that all the pertinent issues, including property division and alimony, are adequately resolved; that the terms are fair and equitable; and that any child custody arrangements are in the best interest of the minor children.
Divorce is never easy, and if you and your divorcing spouse come to agreeable terms, you’ve already moved mountains. Uncontested, however, does not mean that you should forego skilled legal counsel. The Connecticut divorce system is complicated, and your rights hang in the balance. Protect your rights by retaining a skilled Connecticut family law attorney.
At The Law Offices of Piazza, Simmons & Grant, L.L.C., in Stamford, CT, we applaud your decision to forge an uncontested divorce. We also understand how important it is to protect your interests and rights. Give our family law attorneys a call today at 203-348-2465 – or contact us online – to learn more about how we can help guide you smoothly through the uncontested divorce process.