Little more than a month after criminal allegations of domestic violence and subsequent divorce filing, the divorce between former NFL player Chad Johnson and his wife, Evelyn Lozada, is finalized.
This is what Birmingham divorce lawyers sometimes refer to as a "quickie divorce."
Other examples include Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes and Ryan Reynolds and Scarlett Johansson.
It would be nice if all divorces could be as fast – and perhaps even drama-free. However, there are often too many issues of contention in a separation – even one that is amicable – to make this possible.
Even those that are filed and completed within a relatively short period of time require a fair amount of pre-planning.
That said, there are situations when we can work to speed the process along. Every case is different, but generally, these are some scenarios when it might be possible:
You have a prenuptial agreement. These are not quite the norm, but they are becoming more popular as couples seek to protect themselves from the 50 percent chance that their marriage won't work out. What this legal document does is take the guesswork out of the details. If you have already pre-arranged the layout of asset division and support payments, a great deal of the legwork is already done.
You don't have any children. Kids are inevitably going to complicate a divorce. Prenuptial agreement or not, there will still be child custody arrangements and child support issues to work out. That's not to say it's impossible to speed things along, but this is one area where you really don't want to rush because you need to ensure that whatever the outcome, it is in the best interest of your child and your relationship with your child.
Both of you are emotionally detached. If there is not much left to fight for and neither of you feel like investing much time or energy in bickering over details, you may be able to breeze through the process. You have to be careful, though, because one party might say they don't care, but divorce has a way of dredging up past longings and hurts. Some couples are both truly ready to check out. Most of them aren't.
You are relatively young, and haven't been married long. That's not to say that older couples or those who have sustained a longer union couldn't fast-track their divorce. But usually, there are more considerations for older couples. You have to weigh the impact on your retirement, your income, your joint accounts and property. Even if you don't have kids and are ready to move on, there are probably aspects that you may be overlooking. What you don't want to do is set yourself up to be in a bad financial position after you part ways.
You're both still friends. The idea here is that you're still willing to compromise with one another. This doesn't mean that you should agree to anything without at least a once-over from an attorney, but if the split is at least fairly amicable, it isn't likely to take as long.
Again, such divorces are not advisable or even possible for the majority of couples, but there are always exceptions.
If you have questions, we can help.
If you are contemplating a divorce in Birmingham, contact Birmingham Family Law Attorney Steven Eversole at (866) 831-5292.
Get a Divorce, Quickie Style, Sept. 20, 2012, By Stacey Nelkin, Huffington Post