Uncontested Divorce Steps To Choosing Your Lawyer

By Lawrence J. Reaves

Any type of divorce is unpleasant, even if you are fortunate enough to still be friendly with your partner, so can go for an uncontested divorce.

Importantly, always work with your partner and get them involved if possible. This way your partner will not feel left out or that there are things going on that may have an adverse effect.

So if you live in Virginia and have done for at least six months, check out law firms operating in Virginia who you feel best suits your joint needs. Check out websites and then work out a short list and call them. Don’t make your choice without talking to them; you need to make sure they are right for you.


Check out the rates each of the law firms on your short list charge. Don’t choose law firms who want retainers. Uncontested divorce is simple and quick so the law firm you select needs to let you know from the start how much it will cost. The quicker you want your divorce completed, the more it’s likely to cost, but don’t expect to pay more than about $1,000. In fact you may be able to get the divorce complete for less than $500.

Select a law firm that doesn’t need you to travel to their offices. Many specialist uncontested divorce lawyers operate from small premises and have little overheads; it means the fees are less, but the service you get will be as good. There is no requirement to meet with your chosen lawyer, everything can be done by email, mail and phone. It saves you time, money and makes completing the paperwork easy and convenient; you can do it on line when you get home from work at a time that suits you.

When you call your chosen law firm, ask them to let you know what court rejection rate they have. Courts reject uncontested divorce papers, if they feel there are inaccuracies, or they are presented properly. If a court rejects divorce papers, it will slow up the proceedings as they have to be represented; it can also incur extra court costs. If your law firm has a low rejection rate, it means they are going to get your case dealt with quickly, which is what you and your partner want.

Make sure you fit the criteria required by your law firm before completing any paperwork. It will save time and will also mean that you won’t have to get more information, or even choose another firm. For example, in Virginia, if you want to get an uncontested divorce through in a few weeks you need to have resided in Virginia for at least six months so it’s not much good applying if you have only lived in Virginia for a couple of weeks.

Next, you need to have been separated from your partner for at least six months and, if you have small children, then you normally have to be separated for a year or more.

Uncontested divorce is the best method, so long as both parties agree.

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