In the first year of my law practice, I was often perplexed when a prospective client would make an appointment for advice about their “uncontested” divorce, and when arrive at my office with a list of things they believed they were entitled to get in the divorce, but the other spouse had not agreed.

I soon learned that many people think “uncontested” means that they are in the right and they have a “slam-dunk” and that no one could think otherwise. Unfortunately for them, the courts don’t see it that way. All of the special, streamlined court procedures for uncontested divorce require that both spouses agree 100% on ending the marriage, dividing the property and debts, child support and everything relating to the on-going parent child relationships, alimony (or not) and whatever else the spouses are asking the court to order.