Like other states, Maryland allows married couples to seek uncontested divorces. Ending a marriage in an uncontested fashion is generally faster, less expensive and less stressful than doing so through litigation. Let’s take a closer look at the details of such a proceeding.
Issues are resolved prior to filing divorce papers
Generally speaking, an uncontested divorce occurs when all potential issues are resolved prior to seeking the dissolution of the union. This means that the couple is in agreement as to how assets will be divided and if either party is entitled to spousal support. In the event that a couple has children, a parenting plan needs to be negotiated outside of court. However, it’s important to note that the plan will need to be approved by a judge before it takes effect.
A divorce may eventually become uncontested
It’s possible that a divorce will be classified as contested before transitioning to an uncontested matter. In many cases, couples that have outstanding issues that they can’t resolve on their own will be settled with the help of a mediator. Although it’s not as convenient as private talks might be, it is still considered preferable to dissolving a marriage through litigation. This is because each party to the agreement has a significant degree of control over how a final settlement is structured.
If you are seeking to end your marriage, it’s generally a good idea to do so as amicably as possible. This is especially true if you have children as ending the marriage on good terms can make it easier to be good parents after the divorce becomes official.