Reach an Out-of-Court Divorce Settlement With Minimum Pain and Expense
Divorce is never easy, but it doesn’t have to be an expensive or drawn-out process.
DoNotPay is here to help you make a divorce settlement agreement so you can move on with your life!
If you and your spouse agree on how all your assets and liabilities should be divided up after you are divorced, you can reach a settlement without having to go to court.
This can save you:
- Time—Divorce cases can drag on over years
- Money—A contested divorce can quickly deplete any assets you have, meaning the process of dividing them up after the divorce becomes irrelevant
- Suffering—If you have agreed that divorce is the only option, it is best to get it finalized as quickly as possible to reduce suffering on all sides
Depending on the state you live in, you will need to fulfill different criteria to obtain an uncontested divorce and avoid a court case. You can find exact details for each state in this table:
- Filing a petition for divorce
- Serving the petition
- Drawing up a divorce settlement agreement
You will need to file a petition for divorce with your county court. The petition needs to include:
- Your name, the name of your spouse, and any dependents in the marriage
- Any statutory information required under state law, such as shared assets, liabilities, income, and expenses
- A statement of eligibility based on residency in the state
Once the petition has been lodged with the court, you need to deliver a copy to your spouse and have them acknowledge receipt in writing. In uncontested divorces, this step is usually a formality.
The divorce settlement agreement sets out how you and your spouse will divide your shared assets after the divorce has been granted. It is a legally binding document that must be signed by both parties and notarized.
There are several ways you can draw up a divorce settlement agreement, as follows:
|Divorce Settlement Agreement Sources||Explanation|
|Lawyer||You can use a lawyer to draft your divorce settlement agreement, but this can quickly become expensive. If you and your spouse agree on most aspects of the settlement, a lawyer should be unnecessary|
|Online||Several websites offer divorce settlement agreement templates that you can download and fill out. The danger is that you will choose or be given a form that is not legally binding in your state|
|State legislature or county court||Many states provide forms through the county courts. These can be complex and time-consuming to fill out, and you may find yourself having to use a lawyer to help you understand them|
None of these options are perfect. Each source for your divorce settlement agreement could result in you wasting time or money—or, even worse, ending up with a document that does not protect you legally after the divorce has been finalized.
Thankfully, DoNotPay has the solution! We can help you draft a divorce settlement agreement that covers all the bases and is valid in your state—the process is manageable in a few clicks!
DoNotPay is your go-to resource for simplifying legal processes and making them affordable for you. If you’ve agreed to an uncontested divorce, which is the best option for the overall unpleasant situation, we can further streamline the procedure.
DoNotPay can help you draw up a divorce settlement agreement with minimal fuss—here’s what you need to do:
- Sign up with DoNotPay in your web browser
- Click on our Divorce Settlement Agreement product
- Fill in the details of your settlement
We will draw up your settlement agreement and prepare it for you and your spouse to sign. You will need to have the agreement notarized to seal the deal, but we can help you with that too!
Disagreement between you and your spouse about details of the settlement agreement does not mean you can’t settle the divorce out of court.
To iron out points of disagreement, you can agree to a process of mediation, in which a mediator will help you:
- Focus on desired outcomes
- Agree on what concessions each side is prepared to make
- Reach a negotiated settlement that leaves both sides happy
Once you and your spouse have reached a mutually acceptable agreement, you can finalize your divorce papers, and the process can take its course.
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