What St. Louis County Divorce Forms Do You Need? DoNotPay Answers!
The first step in a hassle-free divorce is using the correct forms—get this wrong, and you may have to start the whole process from the beginning.
DoNotPay is here to help with an explanation of the St. Louis County divorce forms you need to get your divorce off on the right foot!
Divorce in Missouri is known as dissolution of marriage, and you are eligible to file if you've been a resident of the state for the last 90 days or more.
- The marriage has irretrievably broken down
- You and your spouse are incompatible
The steps in a St. Louis County divorce process are as follows:
The first action is to fill out and file your divorce papers.
Once you have filed the forms, you will receive stamped copies to serve on your spouse. You will also have to pay the filing fee of up to $250, depending on whether or not your divorce involves minor children.
You will need to have the stamped papers delivered to your spouse by a local sheriff or private process server.
Your spouse will sign that the papers have been received, at which point a 30-day mandatory waiting period begins—the St. Louis County court will only start your case when this has elapsed.
The forms you need include:
|Petition for dissolution of marriage||This asks the court to grant your divorce. You need to fill it out, sign it, and have it notarized before you lodge it with the county court|
|Income and expense statement||All your joint and separate income sources and expenses need to be declared on this form. This will help in determining any alimony that needs to be awarded|
|Statement of property and debt||This form lists your joint and separate assets, liabilities, and real estate|
|Parenting plan||A shared parenting plan that ensures your children will be looked after adequately needs to be included in your filing. It should also include any child support requirements|
|Filing information sheet||This captures your details, as well as those of your spouse and children|
|Certificate of dissolution and proposed judgment of dissolution of marriage||These two forms will be signed and stamped by the judge when your divorce is granted|
Once you have filed these forms and served copies on your spouse, you can use the 30-day waiting period to draw up your divorce settlement agreement.
The final piece of the jigsaw is your settlement agreement.
This is a legal document that sets out how the responsibility for your children will be split and how your finances will be divided after your divorce.
It is the make-or-break document in ensuring your divorce is considered uncontested and will help you:
- Avoid lengthy court hearings
- Dispense with legal representation
- Reduce the cost of your divorce significantly
You can choose between the following options to negotiate your settlement agreement:
While this is the default route for many couples, you may feel it’s an unnecessary expense.
Engaging attorneys to hammer out your settlement agreement can easily cost over $5,000 per spouse.
If you want to avoid the cost of attorneys but still need support when negotiating with your spouse, a mediator may be an option.
Although mediators are not allowed to offer legal advice, they can help you focus on desired outcomes and reach an acceptable resolution.
If you and your spouse agree on the major points of your settlement, there is no need to use a third party to assist you.
Once you have reached a settlement that is within the guidelines of Missouri law, you can go ahead and have it drafted as a legal agreement.
Your settlement agreement will be scrutinized by the judge in your case to make sure it is:
- Fair and equitable
- Comprehensive, covering all the areas you have disclosed in your filing
- Legally watertight
The two most common ways to have a settlement agreement drawn up are:
- Lawyers—At the cost of around $1,500, a lawyer can draft your settlement agreement
- Online divorce service—Several providers offer downloadable templates, and you can fill out the details of your settlement by yourself at minimal cost
Neither of these options is perfect, though. A lawyer is always going to be expensive, and many online templates are too generic to cover your needs—meaning a judge could reject your agreement.
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Our Divorce Settlement Agreement product is designed to keep your costs down while giving you a document that will pass muster with a judge and get your divorce finalized quickly.
Here’s what you need to do to get your agreement set up:
- Go to your web browser and subscribe to DoNotPay’s service
- Search for our Divorce Settlement Agreement feature
- Answer a few questions about the terms of your settlement
We will take it from there—your settlement agreement will be ready to print in a few seconds.
You can sign it together with your spouse and have it notarized.
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