There are two types of divorces: contested and uncontested. The Doskocil Law Firm has developed a program for couples desiring to save substantial money utilizing a non-contested divorce. If there are no children involved, divorce is nothing more than the division of a couple’s assets and debts. Uncontested divorces are for people who can and are communicating, cooperating and can come to an agreement regarding the division of their assets and debts. This can become complicated if there are inherited assets or assets owned before the marriage. At the Doskocil Law Firm we will explain and help our client understand inherited and pre-marital assets that may or may not be part of the marital estate.
Lawyers can only represent one of the spouses, not both. However, working with one spouse, we prepare documents that memorialized the agreement and understanding reached by the couple. The unrepresented spouse can always hire a lawyer, if desired, to review the settlement documents.
It is our job to determine the assets and debts of the marital estate. Missouri law, 452.330 states that everything acquired during the marriage is presumed to be marital and then lists exceptions to the general rule. We will provide court required Property Statement forms for you to fill out identifying all of your assets and debts. For uncontested divorces, the husband and wife usually fill the Property Statement forms out together so they are identical. In other words, so all assets and debts are disclosed.
With this information we ask questions to determine how and when assets and debt were acquired. The client tells us the terms of the agreement and we prepare all of the documents necessary to accomplish the agreement and conclude the divorce. In most counties, we don’t even have to go to court to get you divorced.
If children are involved, a parenting plan is required identifying when each parent will have the children. You can fill out a parenting plan online with your spouse or we can prepare one based on the information you provide.
Child support calculations are also required. You will provide us with last year’s tax returns and most recent pay stub. With that information we can prepare a Form 14, presumed correct child support amount. This does not prevent the couple from agreeing to a different, or no support.
Uncontested divorces are strongly encouraged and with our advice and guidance, we can help our clients get divorced by agreement saving thousands of dollars, compared to a contested divorce.
Non-contested divorces are not for everyone and sometimes become contested. Our fee starts at $750.00 and goes up to $1,200.00 depending on the nature of each couples circumstances. Our fee to start a contested divorce starts at $2,000.00 and higher, again, depending on the circumstances, and usually winds up costing much more. You can see that working towards an amicable resolution is the way to go. Dividing up your assets and debts isn’t that difficult in most cases. Fairness isn’t known only to lawyers. Do yourself a favor and look into a non-contested divorce with the Doskocil Law Firm. We can help you in St. Louis, Jefferson, Franklin and St. Charles County.
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