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Divorce is never easy, but there is an easier and less costly way to take care of the paperwork as long as you and your spouse agree on a few major issues. With an uncontested divorce, you can legally end your marriage and begin to move on with your life.

A LegalZoom Divorce package includes:

  • State-Specific Divorce Documents
    State-specific divorce documents for both spouses
  • State-Specific Marital Settlement Agreement
    State-specific marital settlement agreement
  • Divorce Custody Arrangements and Visitation Schedules
    Parenting plan for specifying custody arrangements and visitation schedules
  • Easy Instructions for Finalizing Divorce
    Easy-to-follow instructions for finalizing your divorce

Common questions

What is an uncontested divorce?

An uncontested divorce is one in which both parties agree to the divorce and the terms of the settlement without going to trial. This does not mean there are no arguments or disputes between the spouses. It simply means the spouses reach an agreement without going to court and having a judge resolve contested issues.

Uncontested divorces move much faster through the court system and are therefore less expensive. In addition, bypassing the lengthy litigation and trial process tends to reduce hostility and allows the former spouses to move on with their lives more quickly.

Will I have to go to court at any time during my divorce?

If the divorce is uncontested and a marital settlement agreement is filed, the spouses may not need to go to court. In that case, all legal documents can be filed with the court, and the judgment can be sent to you. However, the court may request a short hearing and ask a few questions about the facts described in the papers.

Disputes regarding the division of property, child custody, spousal support or any other terms of the divorce do not automatically require court intervention. In many cases, they can be resolved through arbitration, mediation or third-party negotiation (such as an attorney).

How much will it cost to file for divorce?

The filing fee for a divorce petition or complaint is approximately $100-$350 in most counties. It may cost an additional $100-$350 to file a response to the petition. These fees are collected by the government and are in addition to any service or legal fees. The filing fees are in addition to the amount charged by LegalZoom.

How long does it take for a divorce to be final?

On average, there is a zero to six-month waiting period, depending on your state, after the initial divorce petition is filed and served on the other spouse before a divorce becomes final. A judge may make a final ruling, or judgment, on the divorce prior to that date. This order will be effective immediately. However, the marriage is not finally dissolved, and the spouses may not re-marry, until after the waiting period.

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