I'm going to be real brief today because I know everyone is busy out there trying to stay safe. What I want to talk to folks about today is all the phone calls I have received lately about uncontested divorces and they tell me “you know he or she is pretty much in agreement with everything, we just want to get the divorce done as soon as possible. One of the first questions I ask is “how long have you been married’, and for any marriage over five years I'm really skeptical about an uncontested divorce. I think about how much happens in a year, and multiply that by 5, etc. While you're married you're accumulating stuff, debt, or property, some of you may have children and it just becomes more complicated the longer that you're married. I genuinely hope that most of you folks are able to resolve things at the lowest level and get your divorce done as quickly, efficiently, and economically as possible.

 I understand for most folks they think that the first alternative is an uncontested divorce, and perhaps it should be. There are a lot of assets that can accumulate during a marriage or things like a house, debt, retirement accounts. Chances are, at this point, you're thinking “ contested divorce,  litigated divorce, those sounds like scary words”, but they shouldn't be. I treat these as different pathways to getting a divorce. If you think that you're a hundred percent sure the other person is in agreement with you and you want to see if an uncontested divorce is a route that you should take, you can file in court, and then once all signatures are obtained and you have a competent attorney file it, you could be done with it quickly. if you file an uncontested divorce, but you're uncertain that the other party is ready to get divorced but you drop all the paperwork anyways, and you divided up what you thought they wanted and what you wanted, you send it to them, and then you don't hear from them from 30 days to a year. You are going to think “man I wish I was divorced by now, but I never heard from him” that's because with an uncontested divorce they are not obligated to respond to you, so if you want action but you're not sure about if the other party will agree with the terms that you want to layout, then you should file a contested divorce because when you file the other party has to participate in the process and then you're not waiting months for them to respond. If you need help with this process call us at 1505-317-4455. Here at Genus Law Group, we're committed to protecting your success. 

Anthony Spratley
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