The Difference Between A Contested & Uncontested Divorce
One of the first things that come to mind for couples who are headed for a divorce is that the process is going to be expensive. This is a valid concern that must be addressed from the first consultation meeting that you have with your divorce lawyer. Ask your divorce lawyer what their fees are for divorce proceedings and make sure that you leave the meeting with a full understanding of what’s included in the fees.
Ideally, you want to deal with a law firm that’s transparent about their fees. One of the best ways to keep the cost of divorce proceedings low is to opt for a law firm that offers affordable and tailored packages with fixed prices.
What’s Included in the Uncontested Divorce Fixed Fee Divorce Package
We know that divorce can be quite stressful and emotionally draining. That’s why we strive to ensure that the legal side of things is as smooth, affordable and convenient as possible. The last thing you need to worry about during this difficult time is finances.
Our law firm offers fixed fees for uncontested divorce cases. The fees start from $1,500 for couples without children, maintenance or property to divide. However, the fees can go up to $2,500 for situations that involve children, maintenance and property. The latter scenario requires additional paperwork including maintenance/alimony, child support and time sharing agreements for example.
Our fees are fixed and they cover everything from the beginning to the conclusion of the divorce proceedings.
During the course of the proceedings, you’ll have access to a team of experienced and highly qualified attorneys who will provide you with advice on how to proceed.
Neither you nor your spouse will be required to attend court as our attorneys will handle that aspect of the divorce for you.
An uncontested divorce is quick and easy, especially if both spouses are compliant. You and your spouse will be able to get the Interim Judgement which will include all of the settlement terms of the divorce within one month of application. The Final Judgement should follow three months later if there are no disruptions.
How Long Will the Divorce Take?
An uncontested divorce is much easier to wrap up than a contested divorce. That’s because there’s less paperwork involved in an uncontested divorce. All that needs to be filed is a Statement of Claim, Affidavit of Evidence in Chief, Writ for Divorce, the Draft Interim Judgement and the Statement of Particulars.
Out of all these documents, the Draft Interim Judgement is the most important because it contains the settlement details of the divorce.
Once all of these documents have been filed, the divorce proceedings should be complete in just three weeks. Next, the Court will pass an Interim Judgement on the divorce after reviewing the case. The process of getting an Interim Judgement typically takes about one month while the Final Judgement takes three months.
When the Final Judgement has been granted, the divorce proceedings come to an end and the couple is considered legally divorced.