Divorce and Legal Separation
Divorce is recognized to be the second most stressful life event a person can go through. It is a time of emotional extremes. Though it might be difficult, if you and your spouse can agree on the terms, called uncontested divorce, the divorce process can be much cheaper.
Divorce / Legal Separations:
- Summary Dissolution - Uncontested divorce with no children, limited assets, debts, retirement, and no property - $449
- Uncontested divorce with no children, with assets, debts, retirement, and property - $849
- Uncontested divorce with children, assets, debts, retirement, and property - $949
Note: Does not include court fees (you may qualify for a fee waiver from the court). Other fees may apply.
The Divorce Process
You may choose to do your divorce as a two or a three step process.
A divorce begins by filing the appropriate forms with the court clerk. After these are filed, the appropriate documents are delivered to your spouse by a process server or other appropriate person.
If you are responding to a divorce, a response must be filed with the court within thirty days of being served. Fees to complete and file the response and disclosure forms ranges from $375 to $440.
*Does not include court fees. Other fees may apply.
The next step is disclosure. This involves giving forms to your spouse telling about your assets and debts. Atlas Document Preparation Services provides you with a questionnaire listing the information needed, avoiding guess work, and keeping it organized.
After disclosure is the judgment packet. This is the group of documents that explains to the court the details of your divorce, such as child support and parenting plan, spousal support plan, all property settlement, including retirement. It includes forms for the court to send to you about the judgment.
A divorce may not be finalized until six months after the first spouse was served. Thought it may take much longer.
If you are not sure about the details of your divorce settlement, such as parenting plan or custody, or spousal support plan, Atlas Document Preparation Services offers Divorce Mediation in combination with form completion. This is a way to have a neutral third party help you look at options for the first years of being divorced through the college years of your children or your retirement. It can help you look at options for situations involving your children if you remarry.
Please call with any questions you might have.