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.
Do I Need a Lawyer?
- Do you know the law?
- Do you know how the law applies to your situation?
- Do you know how to draft the documents necessary for your situation?
- Do you know how to navigate the process with the court clerk?
- Do you know how to navigate the process with the judge?
- Do you know how to properly secure your spouse's approval?
Can you learn these things? Yes, probably. It's obviously not impossible for a layman to eventually figure out and navigate all these issues, but the question is how long is that going to take you. If you need this done right the first time or you can't take time off for multiple trips to the courthouse to fix your mistakes, or you just don't want to learn this stuff, then you need a lawyer.
I've seen a lot of people (including people who ended up hiring me to fix their paperwork they got from a paralegal) have a lot of trouble with divorce documents they got from a website or had prepared by a non-lawyer document writing service.
Many times, these people go to court thinking they have what they need, but they end up leaving disappointed. The judge won't approve the paperwork because it doesn't meet the requirements of the law or their situation. Having spent around $500 to get their documents written and their case file they end up going to an attorney anyway.
Don't go that route. Get it done right the first time. Get the help you need; get a qualified attorney to help you.
Does it have to cost a lot?
No, it doesn't. 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: 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."