What is an Uncontested Divorce?
A divorce is uncontested (also known as a waiver divorce) when the parties to the marriage agree about all the issues and how they should be resolved. The following issues are typical in a divorce:
- Child Custody
- Child Support
- Property Division
People who agree as to these issues are in an uncontested divorce situation, but still need the support of an attorney.
Why Not Hire a Paralegal?
I've seen a lot of people (including people who ended up hiring me to fix their paperwork) have a lot of trouble with divorce documents they got from a website or had prepared by a paralegal unsupported by any attorney.
These poor folks walk into court with no clue and end up having to go to court over and over because the judge won't approve the paperwork: it doesn't meet the requirements of the law or their situation (i.e. divorce petitions that don't mention the children, or don't have the child support calculations, etc.). Lots of them eventually just give up.
There's a reason paralegals can't give legal advice; because they're not trained to. They don't know what questions to ask and they can't actually go to court with you. You're going to have questions about how to proceed and, invariably, a paralegal is not going to really answer your questions.
Don't go that route. Get the help you need; get a qualified attorney to help you.
I've decided to offer low-cost representation for uncontested divorces in Central Oklahoma (Oklahoma, Cleveland, McClain, Pottawatomie, Canadian, and Logan Counties, a driving fee applies for all other counties). My office is in Norman.
Price Breakdown: the fee of $900.00 covers everything, including court costs and fees (except for a driving fee, as mentioned above, if you're wanting me to go to Lawton or something). It covers all the consultations that you will need, drafting every document required, hashing out any minor differences that may remain, and shepherding you through the legal maze as quickly as possible.
Want a paralegal? Think again.
"I just wanted to say that what you are offering is very helpful. I wish you would've been around when I needed you. The paralegal I used had great references but the Judge actually stated in open court that my papers were the worst divorce papers he'd ever seen.
Thanks for offering your service."