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How do I Choose the Best Uncontested Divorce Lawyer?

By B. Miller
Updated May 17, 2024
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Choosing the best uncontested divorce lawyer is based on a number of factors, including the fees that he or she will charge for representing you and filing paperwork, availability for answering questions, and whether or not the divorce is truly uncontested. In an uncontested divorce, both spouses have already agreed how they wish to divide any assets, determine child custody arrangements, or pay off debts, just to name a few issues, and both spouses agree that they want the divorce. Because this makes the procedure for any lawyer much simpler, an uncontested divorce lawyer will often simply charge a flat fee for the divorce that will be much lower than the fee for a more complicated divorce.

It is generally best to choose an uncontested divorce lawyer who is not the absolute cheapest you can find, since this person might be less likely to want to meet with you, or to answer any questions that arise. Even in a simple uncontested divorce, it is likely that an issue or question will arise at some point, which is why you are hiring a lawyer in the first place. You want to ensure that you will still have representation if necessary. Paying a little bit more can be worth the extra attention, and the lawyers should always specify what their hourly rate is should you go beyond what is included in the flat fee.

When you are looking for an uncontested divorce lawyer, you may choose to meet with a few different individuals to see who you are most comfortable with. Most divorce attorneys will offer free consultations; if they don't, move on to someone else. Ask any questions you have about the process, the methods of filing paperwork, as well as legal issues such as which spouse will file as the plaintiff. This is typically either the individual who first requested the divorce, or simply who is choosing to file first.

A good uncontested divorce lawyer will be willing to meet with you in his or her office, though some might agree to go over the divorce agreement over the phone. In general, it is best to do these kinds of things in person so you fully understand what is going into the legal documents. The lawyer should then fully review the divorce settlement with you before you sign it to be sure you truly agree with everything in it, and that you fully understand your rights. Choosing a good lawyer is important for any divorce, even uncontested ones.

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