If you and your spouse have little to no property to divide and don’t have children together, you are excellent candidates for an uncontested divorce. You may also be a candidate for an uncontested divorce if you and your spouse do have property to divide or children together, but you agree on each aspect of the divorce.

In the event that you and your spouse do not agree on all aspects of your divorce, but do not desire litigation yet, you may be able to engage in what is known as mediation. Mediation is a process in which both spouses meet with an unbiased third party to discuss the issues at hand and reach a compromise. Once the compromise is reached, the matter is treated as though the couple agreed all along and an uncontested divorce can still be filed. Mediation is an excellent alternative for couples who do not agree on everything, but still want to keep the cost, time, and emotional stress of the divorce as low as possible.

Sometimes, an uncontested divorce is unrealistic for a couple. This is particularly true in high net-worth divorces or when there is a lot on the table. When couples simply can’t reach an agreement on a divorce related matter, such as how to divide property or who will have primary custody of the children, litigation may be the only way to resolve the issue.

Litigation can be costlier and lengthier than other divorce options, however, you may stand to gain more by bringing your case to court before a judge. In this case, it is absolutely imperative that you have zealous legal representation. Without an experienced matrimonial attorney, you stand to lose much more than you bargained for in your divorce.

Steven provides effective and diligent representation and advice to individuals and families, with a particular focus on the unique circumstances of each case. During law school, Steven sought out public service internships with various legal services organizations, including the Center for Family Representation. Additionally, Steven had the honor of serving as Editor-in-Chief of the Cardozo Journal of Law and Gender, and also participated in the Intensive Trial Advocacy Program.