Why is an uncontested divorce a better option?
If both parties in the divorce are amicable (or are at the very least in agreement) then uncontested divorce is almost always your best option. If you don’t have children and all financial issues have been discussed then the most affordable (and fastest) option for divorce is uncontested.
The Law Offices of Paul Hunt have handled countless Washington DC divorce cases since we opened our doors in 1995. We know the courts and how to navigate this process to get you on the fast track of getting divorced. Our process is far more efficient then any other law firms in the area and at a much more affordable price. We handle a considerable amount of divorce cases and know that getting through the entire process quickly will benefit all parties involved.
Our law offices can also provide assistance to help you get organized and (most importantly) in agreement with your spouse, so that you can file as an uncontested divorce. In our FREE CONSULTATION we will EMPHASIZE that contested divorces take much longer to resolve and can result in much higher legal fees. Let’s get through this together quickly with as little pain as possible.
How long does an uncontested divorce take to resolve?
In most cases, if both parties involved are willing to cooperate with each other, then it is possible to obtain a divorce hearing shortly after filing the necessary paperwork. Typically it can take 1-3 months for the divorce to be finalized.
What is the process of an uncontested divorce?
Each uncontested divorce case is different, so we will start with a FREE CONSULTATION at the Law Offices of Paul Hunt, to make sure we understand all the details about your case. Below are some of the typical steps we will take in helping you complete your divorce. Please keep in mind there could be additional steps NOT listed here, depending on the details of your case.
Traditionally a Separation and Property Settlement agreement (often referred to as Marital Separation Agreements) is written, then reviewed and signed by both parties at the beginning of this process. Since the District of Columbia requires you and your spouse to live a part from each other for several months, the separation agreement will help direct how finances and expenses will be handled temporarily. This agreement also helps to direct more permanent matters such as property ownership and insurance coverage as well. Coming to agreement on how you will divide your marital property is pertinent to filing for an uncontested divorce.
Next you will need to file the appropriate forms to complete the uncontested divorce. Here is some of the paperwork that we “may” file for your case:
Then usually a court hearing will be scheduled for the person who is filing the divorce approximately 15-45 days from the date you file. It’s possible that you may not have to go to a court hearing if you don’t have children. If there are children involved then usually there will be a short hearing to make sure everybody understands what the custody rights will be moving forward.
What will happen at an uncontested court hearing?
The person filing for divorce will have to present a certified copy of a marriage certificate. You will be put under oath by the court and the judge will ask you basic questions like:
- Are you eligible for a divorce?
- Have you or your spouse been a Washington DC resident for at least six months?
- How long have you been separated?
The court hearing will take approximately 15-20 minutes and then the judge will state whether he/she will grant your uncontested divorce. In some cases you will leave with a signed divorce order or it will be mailed to you at a later date.
Where do we file the paperwork for an uncontested divorce?
Once we have completed all the necessary steps, we will file your documents at the DC Superior Court Family Court Operations in the Domestic Relations Branch.