Frequently Asked QuestionS
What is the difference between an uncontested and a contested divorce?
There are two kinds of divorces - contested and uncontested. A contested divorce is one in which the parties cannot agree, either about getting divorced or about the terms of the divorce, such as the division of assets, allocation of debts, alimony, child support, or the custody of children.
In an uncontested divorce, the spouses agree on everything and do not need the court to divide assets or make determinations about spousal or child support or custody. In general, an uncontested divorce will proceed through the system more quickly, be much less complicated, and less of a financial burden. Let us handle your uncontested divorce for a one-time, reasonable flat fee.
How does the divorce process begin?
A divorce starts with a divorce petition. The petition is written by one spouse (the petitioner) and served on the other spouse. The petition is then filed with the Court in the county where one of the spouses resides. It does not matter where the marriage occurred. The petition includes important information regarding the marriage. It names the husband, wife and any children and states if there is any separate property or community property, child custody, and child or spousal support. Once the divorce petition has been filed, it must then be served on the other spouse. After service, the spouse receiving the petition has 30 days to respond to avoid a "default" from being taken against him or her. Our attorneys will be with you every step of this process, from the beginning.
How long is the divorce process?
The divorce process is broken up into 2 parts: One involves ending the status of your marriage, thereby making you an unmarried person, and the other is resolving all of your property, support and custody issues. Ending the status of your marriage will take 6 months from the date your spouse is served with the divorce petition. Your property, support, and custody issues may take less than 6 months or longer, depending on whether you and your spouse agree on these issues. With the personal assistance and attention of our attorneys, we will help you through the divorce process as efficiently as possible.
What does the $3,500 fee include?
We charge a one-time flat fee of $3,500 to handle your uncontested divorce. This amount is inclusive of filing fees and our services. Should your divorce become contested at any point during the process, we will be happy to continue to represent you for an additional fee.