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If you are considering filing for divorce, then you are likely already struggling with a very difficult situation. You could be constantly fighting with your spouse, barely speaking to each other or coming to terms with the fact that you have simply fallen out of love.

Under these circumstances, filing for divorce, though inevitable, may seem overwhelming. You might think that the legal system and complexities of unraveling your shared life can only make things harder. However, if you file for uncontested divorce, you could be minimizing the conflict associated with divorce in a few ways.

They require that you have all (or almost all) disagreements already worked out

Uncontested divorces involve two people who agree to get divorced and already agree on the major elements of divorce, including child custody, child and spousal support, and distribution of assets. With all this already resolved, there is far less room for fighting.

They can be faster and less expensive than contested divorces

Because so many issues are already resolved (or largely resolved), the process itself moves quicker. There is less paperwork to submit and fewer legal motions to make, which streamlines the process. When the process is less expensive and doesn’t get drawn out, there are fewer opportunities for divorcing spouses to bicker or go back-and-forth on issues.

They prioritize peaceful solutions

When people focus on getting through a divorce as quickly and painlessly as possible, the best way to resolve differences is generally going to be the way that is most peaceful. If two people can’t agree on something or find a compromise, then they could risk undoing the work they have already done.

Why legal support can still be crucial

While uncontested divorces can minimize conflicts, understand that “uncontested” is not the same as “easy.” The legal system is complex and intimidating, and there are many sensitive issues that need to be addressed, no matter how contentious or peaceful a divorce is.

This is why it can still be wise to consult an attorney as you navigate an uncontested divorce in Illinois. Legal guidance and support can help you avoid costly missteps and have confidence that your divorce is fair.