Uncontested Divorce Attorney
With more than 40 years of collective experience in family law, we aim to help spouses end their marriages with as little stress as possible. We will review your case, determine all your legal options and guide you through the best next steps.
What Is An Uncontested Divorce?
An uncontested divorce is where dissolution of marriage is mutually agreed upon by both parties, including all underlying terms including but not limited to:
- Custody of Children
- Alimony / Child Support
- Parenting Plan
- Division of Property
Thus, if you have a complete agreement on all of these issues, then your case will be designated as uncontested. If, however, you have not been able to agree to one or more of these issues, then your case is contested. In other words, uncontested only applies when you have a complete and total agreement.
Under reasonable situations, we will advise whether it is necessary to give up a bit of legal footing to keep the divorce uncontested, effectively saving on legal costs in the end. However, we will always have your best interests at heart and will advise you accordingly.
If you do not have any significant disputes over money, assets, liabilities, or custody of children, an uncontested divorce can be a quick and cheap avenue to end a marriage quickly. That way, both parties get to move on with their lives.
How Long Does An Uncontested Divorce Take?
An uncontested divorce in Knoxville, TN will require both parties to have stayed in the state for at least six months. If this condition is met by at least one of the spouses in the divorce, and you do not have any minor children, your divorce will be finalized following a mandatory waiting period after filing.
These forms can help you get started with the process:
– An uncontested divorce without minor children
– An uncontested divorce with minor children
While most acknowledged divorce cases will finalize relatively quickly, you might still face standard court delays, so clients must be patient and expect the process to take up to 2-6 months, or more. The mandatory waiting period for cases without minor children is 60 days, while that for cases with minor children is 90 days. After the waiting period is over, there will be a brief final hearing scheduled to grant the divorce officially.
Can You Get An Uncontested Divorce If Your Spouse Is Not Present?
The quick answer to this question is yes. As long as your spouse has signed off on the agreement, they do not need to be present.
Can You Have An Uncontested Divorce Without A Lawyer?
Technically speaking, you don’t need a lawyer and can represent yourself in court. However, we must emphasize that this is a terrible idea, mainly if you are unaware of how the courts work.
While the primary objective of an uncontested divorce is to save time and money, you could potentially waste it instead, by repeating and correcting mistakesif you fail to navigate the legal process accurately. You could even encounter problems regarding the agreements that you need to set out with your spouse.
Uncontested divorce services are affordable, and the process is straightforward for our legal professionals. However, there are always small variations between cases. The expense you will make for the help of a licensed professional is worth it, as they can make your divorce case as smooth and hassle-free as you’d like.
Work With A Professional Divorce Lawyer
If you are in the middle of a contested divorce, but it involves only one or a few matters of dispute, we might be able to mediate the situation with your spouse. The goal is to steer the conversation toward an uncontested divorce to make the process easier for both parties.
Getting a divorce in Maryville, TN or Knoxville, TN does not need to be complicated, as long as you get the right guidance. Let us help you and your spouse make this process a painless one, through thoughtful counsel and advice from our experienced legal professionals.
Call us at 865-999-0366 to request a free initial consultation today.
Shepherd & Long, PC
Shepherd & Long, PC is located in Maryville, TN and serves clients in and around Rockford, Walland, Alcoa, Louisville and Blount County.
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