What is a non-contested divorce and how do you get one?
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A non-contested divorce is a divorce where the couple has resolved all issues related to:
In some states, you can avoid showing up to court with a noncontested divorce.
But others make you show up to court to finalize your divorce regardless.
In a non-contested divorce, you and your spouse are able to come to agreements on your own.
You may not agree on everything right away.
But you can both hash things out and come to an agreement prior to filing for divorce.
In a contested divorce, the final decision is left up to the judge.
A contested divorce is litigation between you and your spouse.
A contested divorce significantly increases your cost of divorce.
The cost of uncontested divorce is, on average, $15,000 cheaper per spouse.
This is because divorce lawyers need to negotiate agreements.
And you’ll have to show up in court multiple times.
A contested divorce involves:
If you can have a non-contested divorce, you can save significant time and money.
To get a non-contested divorce, you and your spouse have to agree on all issues.
You may not agree on these issues initially.
But when you file for a non-contested divorce, you need to have an agreement.
Because when you file for non-contested divorce, you have to submit your settlement agreement.
Some spouses may still struggle to come to an agreement before they file.
Issues like child custody and child support can be difficult to resolve.
After you have an agreement, you fill out your divorce settlement agreement.
This is a legally binding contract between you and your spouse.
You’ll file this with your petition for divorce.
All of your divorce paperwork gets filed at your local Superior Clerk’s Office.
If you are filing for a non-contested divorce without a lawyer, these are the steps you need to take.
You can get divorce papers from:
You can hire the local Sherrif’s office to serve the divorce petition to your spouse.
The motion for judgment allows you to skip the court hearings.
It asks the judge to grant your divorce based on the documents you’ve submitted.
And asks that you not be required to show up to court.
It is up to the judge to make this decision of you needing to show up.
If you hire a non-contested divorce lawyer, they will handle all of this for you.
You have two options when it comes to how much does a non-contested divorce cost.
For a non-contested divorce, you can either:
Let’s talk about the “all-in” costs of non-contested divorce.
This will include the average amount you’ll pay for:
If you file for non-contested divorce on your own, it will cost about $1,500.
If you hire a non-contested divorce lawyer to handle this for you, it’s about $7,500.
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