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Uncontested Divorce

Experienced Lawyers Handle Uncontested Divorce Cases in Kalamazoo

Effective strategies for avoiding the time and expense of court hearings

If you’ve decided to dissolve your marriage, you’ve probably discussed the issue with friends and relatives close to you. You may have heard at least a couple of horror stories about the crowded court calendar prolonging the process and driving up costs. But if you’re hoping to avoid unnecessary delays and expense, Brueggemann & Sharma, P.C. may be able to help you through an uncontested divorce. When you meet with us, we’ll give you a candid evaluation of your situation and explain how you might be able to reach a marital settlement to avoid trying your divorce in court. Our attorneys have more than 55 years of combined experience, and we are trained in mediation, which is often the most effective process for achieving an uncontested divorce.

Helping clients obtain an uncontested divorce in Kalamazoo, Michigan

When a couple dissolves their marriage, they must resolve the ancillary issues — child custody, child support, spousal support, and division of property — either through a marital settlement or at trial. In an uncontested divorce, the couple presents a marital settlement agreement to the court for approval. If the terms of the settlement are reasonable, the judge uses the settlement as the basis for the divorce decree.

There are many advantages to an uncontested divorce:

  • You move at your pace, not the court’s — When you bring a divorce to trial, you are bound by the court’s calendar, so the process can drag on. But if you are negotiating, mediating, or collaborating to achieve a settlement, you can schedule sessions according to your availability.
  • You have more control over the outcome — Taking a case to trial creates the risk of an adverse judgment. When you reach a settlement, you naturally have to compromise on some points, but you don’t have to settle for an unreasonable result.
  • Solutions are based on your knowledge of your family — Who knows your children better than you do? No matter how hard your attorney works to inform the court of particular circumstances, the judge’s understanding of your family situation is going to be limited. A settlement allows you to decide terms based on your intimate knowledge.
  • You control costs — Going to trial is much more expensive than negotiating or mediating a solution. Not only are your attorney costs lower, but you also don’t have to pay for pretrial preparation, extensive discovery, or expert witness testimony.

Unfortunately, not every couple is successful in seeking an uncontested divorce. Our divorce attorneys can provide a candid assessment of your circumstances to determine whether you and your spouse should try to dissolve your marriage through an uncontested divorce, and what might be the best process.

Mediating disputes to achieve an uncontested divorce

Some couples are able to reach a marital settlement through traditional negotiation, where each party is represented by an attorney. For other couples, mediation is an effective and beneficial process. In mediation, you and your spouse meet periodically with a neutral third party who guides you through discussions of your divorce issues until you reach a manageable compromise. Our divorce lawyers are also trained and experienced family law mediators, so we can help you and your spouse overcome obstacles and reach a comprehensive agreement.

Contact our Kalamazoo law firm for your uncontested divorce

Brueggemann & Sharma, P.C. provides effective and highly personal representation for clients seeking an uncontested divorce through traditional negotiation or mediation. Call us at 269-220-7300 or contact us online to schedule a consultation. Our office is conveniently located at 4021 W. Main Street, Suite 400, Kalamazoo, MI 49006.

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