1. The uncontested divorce lawyer can review the agreement to make sure it is fair and durable. The last thing you want is for a simple, agreed divorce to turn into a costly mess down the road.
2. The uncontested divorce lawyer will draft all the documents and take you through the judicial process to ensure your agreement is accurately described in the divorce decree. Drafting the documents incorrectly or not presenting the right evidence to support the agreed divorce can result in the court not granting the divorce or worse, granting the divorce with the wrong provisions in the decree.
3. Get your divorce as quickly as possible. In many counties, including Tarrant County and Dallas County, parties with agreed divorces without attorneys must schedule a hearing with the court to grant the divorce. The courts schedule these hearings as much as six months in the future.
An uncontested divorce is a great option for people who have simple issues and moderate assets if the spouses can reach a fair agreement.
An uncontested divorce is not right for complicated assets (or debts) or child issues that need more creative solutions. These issues can be addressed with a more involved process; but not necessarily a divorce that costs an arm and a leg and leaves everybody angry. The parties may cooperate on these more complicated divorces like any other agreed divorce; however, they may need more help crafting the agreement. In these cases, agreeing is often less important than the terms of the agreement.
Of course, without agreement an uncontested divorce is simply not an option. If the parties cannot agree or need help crafting an agreement then that divorce is probably not right for a flat fee uncontested divorce.
The usual steps in an uncontested divorce: