Divorcing by agreement can save you a lot of money! Divorce is an expensive process that becomes necessary for many couples. Unfortunately, associated costs force many people to file for bankruptcy during or after a divorce. The good news? There is a way to prevent this from happening. An amicable divorce reduces the level of emotions involved in ending a marriage and may also reduce the costs. Working with an experienced family law attorney that can mediate and negotiate problem areas can save you thousands of dollars through divorcing by agreement! Speak to an uncontested divorce attorney today!
Divorcing By Agreement Saves You Time and Money!
Divorcing by agreement (also known as an agreed divorce or an uncontested divorce) occurs when both parties agree on all points of the divorce and meet certain criteria established by the residence state. In addition to being faster and easier, an agreed divorce costs less because there are fewer court documents to complete and it is not mandatory to have a lawyer fight it out for you over things such as custody or property. However, family law experts recommend consulting with a lawyer before beginning a divorce and even if the attorney is used throughout, the shortened process should result in significantly lower fees.
Divorcing by agreement is available to all married couples in all states. However, a “joint simplified divorce procedure” that results in lower court costs is not available in all instances.For example, the state of Tennessee requires one or both parties to have resided in-state for six months prior to filing divorce paperwork or when deciding to divorce. The couple cannot have any children together who are disabled, still in high school, or younger than 18. Both parties must want to end the marriage, the couple cannot have retirement benefits or own a business, buildings, or land together, and they must agree on alimony and division of property. This does not mean that you cannot still have an uncontested divorce, it simply means that the joint simplified divorce procedure is not available to everyone.
Experienced Lawyers Help You Divorce by Agreement!
Agreed divorce help from a knowledgeable family law attorney is recommended when a spouse has difficulty understanding court papers or one or both spouses have an IRS qualified retirement plan, pension plan, or owns buildings, land, or a business. If one spouse has a lawyer or refuses to sign the divorce agreement, the other spouse should retain an attorney to proceed as a contested divorce or to assist in mediating the conflicts that may exist.
To divorce by agreement, the couple must complete paperwork required by the state and file the paperwork (normally a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage, and a Judgment) with the office of the county court clerk. A filing fee must be submitted with the paperwork or a request to postpone or waive the fee payment must be made. It can take up to 60 days to receive a response from the court and schedule a final divorce hearing. However, with a family law attorney on the case, your agreed divorce can be completed in as little as two-weeks in some areas of the country like Chicago, Illinois.
Both spouses should attend the hearing and request signed copies of the final divorce order signed by the judge. A divorce is not considered final until this order has been signed and filed with the court. In most jurisdictions, this is called a Judgment for Dissolution of Marriage and is usually accompanied by a Marital Settlement Agreement and, when minor children are involved, a Custody Judgment. Some states provide a window of time during which either spouse may appeal the final divorce order. Once this time frame has passed, the divorce is irrevocable. Or team of experienced family law attorneys can help you divorce by agreement right away and help take the conflict out of the process and save you thousands of dollars in legal expenses!