What You Should Know About Uncontested Divorce

When a couple gets married the last thing they expect is for their union to end in divorce. Unfortunately, this fate befalls many couples nowadays despite the good intentions that the parties have going into the union.

If you’re reading this, then you probably find yourself in this predicament and you’re looking for information on what to expect in a divorce.

If your divorce is uncontested then it’s more likely to proceed smoothly. Read on to find out what you can expect in this situation.

What is an Uncontested Divorce?

As the name implies, an uncontested divorce is a divorce where both parties are in complete agreement on the terms of the split. This is in stark contrast to a contested divorce where one or both parties are in disagreement about major issues.

An uncontested divorce is often referred to as a simplified divorce and most couples in Singapore prefer this type of divorce because it’s relatively easy. The paperwork involved in an uncontested divorce is minuscule when compared to the processes involved in a contested divorce.

An uncontested divorce also implies that both spouses have agreed on all the terms prior to approaching a lawyer and filing the divorce papers. They must also be in agreement on ancillary matters to speed up the process.  

Once your attorney has filed the Uncontested Divorce documents, the court should grant you an Interim Judgement within one month. Afterwards, your lawyer will file the relevant documents for a Final Judgement.

The Court usually takes three months to grant a Final Judgement because it takes a considerable amount of time to establish the accuracy of the details provided in the documentation which has been filed.

So you can rest assured that the Court has really gone over the information to ensure that the breakdown of the marriage is truly irretrievable. Once the Final Judgement has been granted, the couple is free to go their separate ways and re-marry other people if they so wish.

Uncontested Simplified Divorce Advantages

An uncontested, simplified divorce has the following advantages:

  1. It’s much more affordable. The costs involved in an Uncontested Divorce are significantly low when compared to a Contested Divorce. That’s because the former doesn’t require additional paperwork, negotiation or litigation. Most reputable law firms in Singapore will facilitate an Uncontested Divorce for just $1,500.
  2. The proceedings are kept private. Unlike a Contested Divorce where proceedings take place in an open court, an Uncontested Divorce is carried out “in chambers.” Aside from the couple, only the judge and their attorneys will be present.
  3. It’s stress-free. In an Uncontested Divorce, there’s no need to undergo a stressful litigation because both parties are in agreement about the terms and ancillary issues of the divorce. There’s also no fighting or bickering from either spouse. Therefore the time it takes to complete the divorce is short and there isn’t as much paperwork involved as in a Contested Divorce.

Basically, an uncontested divorce is a simple, inexpensive, quick and stress-free process.

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