Are you interested in getting through your divorce quickly? Do you have nothing to contest? If you’ve found yourself in this situation, you may want to look into a summary divorce.
A summary divorce has a few benefits including that there will be:
- Less paperwork
- Less time spent on negotiating
- Less time spent in court
For the most part, it’s easy to see when a summary divorce would be a good choice. People who have been married only a short time, usually under five years, generally qualify as long as they have no minor children, do not own a home and have minimal separate property (defined by values set by the state).
They should also have marital property below the set requirement and have no requests for spousal support.
If these conditions are met, then a summary divorce could be the right choice. Even if you don’t meet one of these conditions, it may still be allowed.
What happens if you don’t agree on everything?
If you don’t agree, you can take the time to negotiate outside court and to go through dispute resolution options. If you agree following that, it may still be possible to go through a summary divorce. However, if you fail to agree, then you may need to discuss a divorce trial with your attorney, who will be able to represent you if you have to appear in court.
If you would like to learn more, our website has information on divorce, spousal support, child custody, community property partitions and other aspects of divorce that you need to consider.