What is an Uncontested Divorce?

a couple at a desk getting ready to sign paperwork
An “Uncontested” divorce means that ALL issues are agreed upon in a complete agreement. A complete agreement is where you and your spouse agree on things right down to who gets the toaster and who picks up the youngest child on Tuesday from gymnastics.

How does this work?

Option 1: On your own.

Go to the Missouri Court website. There are templates of forms and schedules that you can use with your spouse to see if you have an agreement.

Option 2: Hire a lawyer.

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What Is Covered In An Uncontested Divorce?

Covered

  • Drafting all court documents.
  • Drafting deeds, gift affidavits, retirement account orders.
  • Notarizing any documents we draft (if done at our office).
  • The Court’s filing fee.
  • Lawyer reviews all documents.
  • Lawyer goes with you if the judge has questions.
  • Two revisions.
  • Advice to change illegal terms to legal ones.

Not Covered

  • Legal advice, unless to change an illegal term to a legal one.
  • Filing deeds with Recorder’s Office.
  • Filing your vehicle transfer documents.
  • Tax advice.
  • Defending the judgment if your spouse decides to undo the agreement.
  • Withdrawing the judgment if you want to back out of the agreement.
  • Consultation with a lawyer.

Fees

Uncontested with
NO Children

If you and your spouse’s total assets are under $250,000, regardless of the value of your debt (including mortgage), the fee is $1,000.
OR If you and your spouse’s total assets are over $250,000, or one of your income’s is over $100,000, the fee is $2,500.

Uncontested
WITH Children

If you and your spouse’s total assets are under $250,000, regardless of the value of your debt (including mortgage), the fee is $1,500.
OR If you and your spouse’s total assets are over $250,000, or one of your income’s is over $100,000, the fee is $2,750.

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