Uncontested Divorce—What Divorce Papers Do I Need?
If you are contemplating divorce, the last thing you want to worry about is the potential cost of the process itself.
Divorce from your spouse can become expensive, particularly if you have to hire lawyers to draw up divorce papers. If you and your spouse agree about how to divide your assets, you may be able to get away with a low-cost divorce.
DoNotPay understands this, and we are here to help. Here is a complete rundown of the divorce papers you need, plus information on how to save money in the process.
Filing for a divorce is a legal process, and each step needs to be carried out carefully to ensure you can walk away with peace of mind while keeping your costs as low as possible. The steps are:
- File a petition for divorce
- Serve your spouse with the papers
- Agree on a divorce settlement
The spouse seeking the divorce (the petitioner) should prepare a petition that lists:
- The name of the petitioner and the respondent
- The names of any children from the marriage
- Any property or assets that are held separately by each partner
- Property or assets that are jointly owned by the spouses
You—as the petitioner—should file your divorce petition with the county court where either you or your spouse live—the choice is yours.
Once your divorce papers have been filed with the court, you need to have them delivered to your spouse and have the delivery confirmed in writing.
If the divorce is uncontested, your spouse only needs to sign an acknowledgment of receipt. If they are going to contest the divorce, they may refuse to accept the papers, in which case you will need to hire a professional process server.
Once your spouse has been served with the divorce petition, they normally have 30 days to respond by either agreeing to the petition or signaling their intent to contest it. If they decide to contest the petition, the case will have to be heard by the county court where it was filed. If they agree to it, your divorce can be finalized quickly and painlessly, often without going to court.
The final step in your divorce involves you and your spouse declaring your assets, income, expenses, and liabilities. Once the court has these declarations and your divorce settlement agreement—detailing how they should be divided—it will go ahead and finalize your divorce.
The divorce settlement agreement is the most important of the documents needed to file for divorce, as it regulates the division of your assets after the divorce has gone through.
If your divorce is uncontested, you have several options for getting divorce papers, as follows:
|Sources for Divorce Papers||Explanation|
|Lawyer||You can hire a lawyer to draw up your divorce papers and handle the entire process, but this will be costly|
|Government||If you opt for an uncontested divorce, you can normally get divorce papers from the state government website or your county court|
|Online||Several companies offer online forms for uncontested divorces. The danger is, though, that you end up with forms that are not valid in your state or that don’t cover all the bases|
Most states have their own divorce legislation, so you should familiarize yourself with the local laws before proceeding with getting paperwork ready. You can use this resource to guide you through your state’s rules and procedures:
If your divorce is uncontested or friendly, you can:
- Avoid hiring a lawyer to draw up your settlement agreement
- Reach an out-of-court settlement that is fair to both parties
- Speed up the process
If there are points in the divorce settlement on which you and your spouse disagree, this needn’t be a deal-breaker. You can use a mediator to help you iron out those aspects and finalize the settlement.
DoNotPay understands the pain you are going through—we can help you get your divorce settlement agreement prepared in a few clicks!
DoNotPay can prepare an uncontested divorce settlement agreement for you—you don’t need to hire an expensive lawyer or go through lengthy litigation processes!
To use DoNotPay’s divorce settlement product, all you have to do is:
- Sign up with DoNotPay in your web browser
- Click on our Divorce Settlement Agreement product
- Fill in the details of your settlement by following the prompts
Once we have all the details we need, DoNotPay will prepare your divorce settlement agreement in no time. You and your spouse can sign it and have it notarized—we can even organize this service for you without you leaving our app!
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