Uncontested Divorce Lawyer in Missouri
Haefner Law Office advocates strongly for an amicable divorce process that satisfies all parties. We’re sure to ask: Can the marriage be saved?
If so, you should do everything you can to work through the issues. Haefner Law Office is happy to provide referrals to some of St. Louis’ top tier marriage counselors for parties willing to try again. However, if you (or your spouse) feel that the relationship has run its course, we will work with you to bring the marriage to a mutually beneficial end. If you are looking for information on our Kansas City uncontested divorce offerings, click here.
What is an Uncontested Divorce?
An uncontested divorce is for families that have decided that the marriage is not working, and a mutual decision has been made to divorce. In an uncontested divorce, all matters have been agreed upon prior to beginning the process, leaving both parties to officially notify the Court of the union’s end.
Individuals in an uncontested divorce case want the divorce to be completed as quickly as possible and want the documents drafted by an expert. If both individuals stick to the agreed terms, it is likely they will never even have to appear in Court.
How do I know if I have an uncontested divorce?
We have done our best to help our clients see if they are able to get this done in the most efficient way possible. If you look at our Forms page on the website, you will see one called “Uncontested Divorce Checklist”. Fill that out and see if you are in agreement on everything. If so, congratulations! You can get this done fast, (relatively) cheap, and easy! If not, you might want to consider starting the matter as a contested matter and be more aggressive from the get go.
Next Steps to an Amicable Divorce
If both parties are ready to pursue an uncontested divorce, you can call our office directly at (314) 200-6101 to set up a free telephone consultation. We’ll discuss your case to determine if an uncontested divorce is the best next step for your situation. If all issues are not agreed upon, you may need to pursue a contested divorce.
If you decide to move forward with us, you will complete the appropriate forms: Client Intake Sheet, the Statement of Income and Expenses, the Statement of Property, and the Uncontested Divorce Checklist. You’ll bring these forms to our onsite meeting at our office to review your case and begin. Once you sign the contract, we are your attorney.
Please keep in mind that we only represent the person that we meet with at the office. In no case will we represent both husband and wife. There is an ethical conflict and would not fair to you or your spouse.
Haefner Law Office, LLC will prepare ALL documents necessary to get you divorced. These include:
- the Petition for Dissolution
- the statements that are required to be filed by the Court
- all Civil Information Sheets
- Family Tracking Sheets
- Certificate of Divorce
- Entry of Appearance
- Waiver of Service (for your spouse to sign)
- Affidavits for Judgment
- Judgment of Dissolution
- the Settlement Agreement based on the terms that you and your spouse have agreed on
We will then email you all the documents for your approval. Once you have agreed that the documents are exactly how you would like them, you come to our office to sign ALL documents. We will file your case in the appropriate Court and contact your spouse when it’s time to come in and pick up the documents and/or sign all documents needed to finalize the divorce.
After 30 days have elapsed, we will submit the final documents to the Court for the judge’s signature. That’s it. Your case is done.
Should the judge require a hearing, we will set one and let you know when the hearing is scheduled. This type of hearing is usually short. Both you and your spouse would testify that you signed the Settlement Agreement and that you want to get divorced.
If your case evolves into a contested divorce, we’ll work with you every step of the way for a beneficial result. A new attorney/client agreement will need to be signed before we can begin the work. We use almost all the documents we drafted in the uncontested case to move forward, so you’re never starting from scratch.
Advantages of an Uncontested Divorce
An uncontested divorce is by far the most affordable way to end a marriage while avoiding high attorney fees. They are done much quicker than those that require Court involvement to settle disputes. Uncontested divorces are usually final and signed by a judge about 60 days after you have retained an attorney.
Experienced Uncontested Divorce Lawyers in St. Louis & St. Charles, MO
Haefner Law Office remain experts in the field of family and divorce law. We help both parties avoid returning to court to fix mistakes by incorporating relevant and useful legal terms that help protect your needs and interests.
Our custom documentation reflects your family’s situation by taking into account the unique factors that shape your case. Only skilled attorneys can provide the legal advice that will make it easy to comply with or modify your agreement in the future, if necessary.
Contact Haefner Law Office to get more information regarding Uncontested Divorce or Flat Rates and see if it is right for you and your family. Give us a call at (314) 200-6101.
Thank you again for considering Haefner Law Office to help you through this difficult time. We hope to hear from you soon.
Flat Rate Uncontested Divorce Services
With our flat rate legal services, Haefner Law Office, LLC has broken new ground with an affordable and comprehensive system. Our Flat Rate uncontested divorce services benefit clients with expert representation within their budget by allowing clients to only pay for the legal services they use during their case.
From mediation to litigation, clients can select and pay for relevant services necessary for their unique case. Because uncontested divorces can be as simple as filing the right documents, a flat rate options works best on the timeframe and budget of all families.