UNCONTESTED – “AMICABLE” – FLAT FEE DIVORCE
WHAT IS AN UNCONTESTED DIVORCE
An uncontested divorce means that all of the aspects of your divorce have been agreed upon between you and your spouse. If you and your spouse can discuss and reach an agreement as to all the terms that you would like incorporated in your Decree of Divorce (and Parenting Plan if there are minor children), you can save your family thousands of dollars, and spare your family months – if not years – of litigation.
HOW DO I OBTAIN AN UNCONTESTED DIVORCE?
After meeting with you and collecting the necessary information, our staff will prepare a Stipulation, that will contain all the necessary provisions that you and your spouse have agreed to, as well as all the provisions required by Utah law. After the Stipulation is signed by both parties, our staff will prepare all the additional documents necessary to obtain your Decree of Divorce from the court.
HOW LONG DOES THIS PROCESS TAKE?
If you and your spouse can discuss and reach an agreement as to all the terms that you would like incorporated in your Decree of Divorce (and Parenting Plan if there are minor children), you can save your family thousands of dollars, and spare your family months – if not years – of litigation.
HOW MUCH DOES AN UNCONTESTED-DIVORCE COST?
(including filing fee)
if there are no minor children that will be subject to the Decree
(including filing fee)
if there are minor children that will be subject to the Decree
WHY DO I NEED AN ATTORNEY IF MY SPOUSE AND I HAVE REACHED AN AGREEMENT ON OUR OWN?
Even if you and your spouse have reached your own agreement, and/or utilized the court’s online assistance program, you should meet with an attorney to ensure that you have included all the necessary provisions in your divorce decree. Unlike most civil cases, divorce proceedings never really close. A decree of divorce can be modified if there is a substantial change of circumstances, or reopened if the parties neglect to include a necessary provision. Modifications can be extremely costly and time consuming. You want to get it right the first time.
Additionally, if you have minor children you may need to include a Parenting Plan – which you will have to live with, and abide by, until your youngest child reaches the age of majority. You owe it to yourself and your family to meet with an attorney to make sure you have addressed not only the issues you and your spouse are currently facing, but also the issues and contingencies that you may be faced with in the future.
WHAT IF MY DIVORCE BECOMES CONTESTED?
Unfortunately, many couples cannot reach an agreement or stipulation on their own. If you and your spouse cannot reach an agreement, our firm can represent you at our hourly rates. Turner Law, PC can handle any issues that your contested divorce may pose. Our firm has resolved hundreds of contested matters for clients in Southern Utah over the past 10 years. The majority of contested divorces eventually resolve through settlement, and very few end in trial. Our goal at Turner Law, PC is to find a favorable resolution as soon as possible.
Utah Law dictates that before a court will hold a trial in a divorce proceeding, the parties must attempt to resolve the matter through mediation. In most cases our clients have been able to resolve the matter at mediation. For that reason, our firm tries to schedule mediation as soon as possible.