Uncontested Divorce

Our law firm can professionally handle your uncontested Missouri divorce for a reasonable, one-time flat fee. No court appearances are necessary in most cases. Get the help you need to get your amicable divorce done right.

The traditional process of getting a divorce can be expensive, time consuming and stressful. The main source of these issues is simple: disagreement. However, many couples who wish to divorce can work through how to conclude their marriage without the need for expensive court battles. Couples who agree on all of the terms of their divorce can save time and money by submitting a divorce by agreement also called an uncontested divorce.

How an Uncontested Divorce Works

Step 1

The first step after you hire our firm is completing an intake.  This is where we gather the information we need to correctly draft your divorce paperwork. We need some basic information about the parties, children, property and finances.  

Step 2

Once we have all of the information we need, a licensed, Missouri attorney drafts all of the paperwork you will need to complete your divorce case from start to finish including the initial pleadings and settlement documents.

Step 3

Once your drafts are ready, you will meet with your attorney to review and sign your paperwork and take a packet for your spouse to sign.  We take it from there, and you can sit back and let us handle the rest.

How much does it cost? Uncontested Divorce Pricing

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Start Your Uncontested Divorce

Click the button below to create a free account and enter our secure, online intake portal.

If you prefer an intake packet that you can print out and email or mail in, click here to download a standard intake form.

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Jessica Emery and her team are one of the most amazing, caring law firms out there. I can’t say enough good things. She was highly professional and responsive, honest, reliable, compassionate and got the job done. They helped me with preparing settlement agreement and finalizing my divorce, it was done very fast and in a very cost-effective way. Highly recommend. 

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FAQs

What is an uncontested divorce?

An “uncontested divorce” means that the spouses have reached an agreement on all of the terms of their divorce before it is ever filed. This is typically the fastest and most cost-effective way to get a divorce.
If you don’t have a full agreement, then you can’t get an uncontested divorce – yet. Often people ask this question when they are both committed to keeping their divorce amicable or low cost, but have hit a snag in their discussions. There are several ways to help you reach your goals. Give us a call to schedule a consultation with one of our attorneys to learn more about your options.
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How long does the process take?

Start to finish the process typically takes 45-60 days from your first call to us to a judge’s signature. There is a mandatory 30 waiting period from the date you file. Once you get us all the information we need, your divorce paperwork can be ready for you to review and sign in as little as 1-2 business days. Much of the process depends on you!

What are the residency requirements?

Either you or your spouse should be a resident of the state of Missouri for 90 days before filing. Missouri requires 30 days to pass between filing and final judgment.

How much are the filing fees?

In most counties the filing fees are between 135 and 180.

Do we have to take a parenting class?

In many counties the answer is yes, you must take a one-time co-parenting class. It is usually a 2 hour class and has a minimal fee.

Can you help with a QDRO? How much does a QDRO cost?

Yes! We can help with a QDRO, please contact us for pricing.

What is a QDRO?

 If you and your spouse want to divide a 401(k) as part of your settlement agreement, or other pension plan, you will need a very specific kind of order to do so. In most cases this is called a Qualified Domestic Relations Order or QDRO. It is a document signed by a judge telling the pension plan how to divide the funds. You only need one if one spouse is receiving a share of the other spouse’s retirement account. If each spouse is keeping their own, no QDRO is needed. QDRO drafting is an additional service and not included in our standard flat-fee.

Do you represent both of us?

No, we represent one spouse only, pursuant to the Missouri ethical rules.

Is this mediation?

No, this page is specifically for uncontested divorces, that is when the couple has already reached an agreement.  If you are interested in mediation services instead, please contact us for further details.

Will we have to go to court?

In most cases, no court appearance will be necessary.  We will confirm this when we review your case with you!