This is the next post in my series on whether or not Las Vegas residents should view an uncontested divorce as appropriate for their situation. My last article discussed that parties cannot file an uncontested divorce unless they agree on all issues. If there is any disagreement, even over matters which seem trivial, then the parties will be required to use the contested process instead. In this article I will discuss another important topic – the fact that it is generally unwise to go through the uncontested process for the sake of “getting it over with.” If you have questions or need assistance then contact my office to speak with an attorney.
It is understandable that people will wish to conclude their case and move on with their lives as quickly as possible. This can lead to Nevada residents quickly accepting a divorce settlement just so they can put the matter behind them. It is important to understand, however, that a Decree of Divorce is a final Order from the Court and that it will carry consequences. These consequences will include final orders on the issues of child custody, child support, spousal support and the division of community property. You will only be able to change the requirements, put in place in the Divorce Decree, if you can show that circumstances somehow changed after the Judge signed the Order. In other words, you will be stuck with the requirements of the divorce unless subsequent facts justify a modification. Accepting a speedy settlement may, therefore, leave you in a long-term situation with which you will not be happy.
When deciding whether or not to utilize the uncontested process it is important to carefully consider your future plans and prospects. It is easy for one to quickly resolve a case under the belief that “everything will work out” only to find that they cannot make their court-ordered payments or that they are unable to meet some other requirement. It is also common for one to sign off on a child visitation plan, out of a belief that the agreed upon schedule was feasible, only to later realize that travel time or some other issue has created a complication. By carefully considering your future situation you can determine whether or not an agreed upon divorce is in your best interests.
If you have questions about your situation then contact my office today to speak with a Las Vegas uncontested divorce lawyer. I have handled many such cases and my office is ready to assist you.