Am I Qualified To Pursue An Uncontested Divorce?

Not all divorcing couples are eligible to follow an uncontested divorce process. Even if you have the best of intentions for working cooperatively, there may be some issues that require the traditional family court route.

At Zolman Law Firm in St. Louis, Missouri, we can help you understand whether or not an uncontested divorce is possible in your case. During a free 30-minute consultation, we can answer your questions and provide an overview of which options may be available. Contact us online, or call 314-375-5237 to set up an appointment and learn more.

What Is An Uncontested Divorce?

An uncontested divorce is exactly as it sounds. If you and your spouse can easily negotiate an agreement regarding critical issues (custody, support, property division, etc.), and truly agree on all issues, you can likely proceed with an uncontested divorce. But, even if just one issue comes under dispute, you will have to follow the contested divorce route in family court.

In order to file for divorce in Missouri at all, you must also meet the residency requirement of 90 days. This means either you or your spouse needs to have lived in Missouri for at least 90 days prior to filing the petition.

You must also provide the court with grounds for divorce. Since Missouri is a no-fault state, and does not require one party to "take blame" for the divorce, the grounds for divorce is typically that the marriage is "irretrievably broken."

Filing A Joint Petition For Divorce

A joint petition is the most efficient method for obtaining a martial dissolution/divorce. Through a joint petition, both parties file a petition together with an attached copy of their written agreement. This written agreement would outline the parenting plan (if applicable), support worksheets, financial disclosures (debts, assets, income and expenses) and the property division plan, etc.

Don't Risk Your Future With A DIY Divorce

Remember that even in uncontested divorces, you must be extremely detailed and cautious. Incomplete information, improper filing or the failure to address subtleties of different decisions like custody and support can not only cause disputes later on, but can also delay the process as a whole. It is important to have an experienced divorce attorney to handle your case from start to finish.

At Zolman Law Firm, we have the skills to guide you through an efficient and effective uncontested divorce. Contact a lawyer at our office in the St. Louis metro area. We serve clients throughout St. Charles County, St. Louis County and Jefferson County.