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Affordable Missouri Uncontested Divorce


  Flat-Fee Uncontested Divorces

AFFORDABLE DIVORCE, YES.  CHEAP DIVORCE, NO.  I handle your Missouri uncontested divorce quickly, professionally, and at a reasonable expense.  As an experienced St. Louis divorce lawyer, I know the questions to ask and the problems to be looking for when spouses are looking for a quick and amicable resolution to their marriage.  I do not provide advice as to how to "win" your divorce or get one over on your soon-to-be ex-spouse.  I make sure your uncontested divorce covers all the areas that need to be addressed in a divorce case and then draft the high-quality pleadings necessary to reflect the agreement reached between you and your spouse, all at a reasonable flat fee.  I, not a paralegal or first-year associate, draft your pleadings with care and attention to detail.  This meticulous approach reduces the likelihood that you will end up in court at some point after the divorce has been finalized, debating a dispute that has arisen due to ambiguous or sloppy drafting.


  St. Louis Divorce Attorney

FOCUSED ON CLIENT SATISFACTION.  I do not accept an unsatisfied client, period.  My uncontested divorce service requires hard work and a dedication to a positive client experience, but the process itself is simple - if you provide the information, I will provide the result - a clean, professional, and fast uncontested divorce.  No delays, no excuses, and no hidden or additional fees.  Your calls and emails won't ever be ignored and you'll never wonder what the status of your divorce case is.  You'll hear from me each step of the way and I will return your calls and emails, every single time, in a prompt manner.



  How can I keep fees for uncontested divorce representation so affordable?

HIGH VOLUME & LOW CONFLICT.  Many "traditional" divorce lawyers may handle only a few divorces at a time.  The time demanded of contested divorce cases simply may not allow for a high volume of cases.  I complete hundreds of uncontested divorces each year for residents across Missouri.  Over the course of handling nearly 1,000 uncontested divorces since 2008, I have streamlined the process and created efficiencies that allow me to produce high-quality, comprehensive uncontested divorce pleadings, unique and applicable to each individual's specific situation, at an affordable rate.  The seamless integration of technology - email, file-sharing, texting, or whatever is required to quickly get the job done - as well as direct access to my cell phone, allows for quick and consistent communication when clients need it most.  If you need to reach me, you can.

  Q&A with answers from a St. Louis divorce lawyer

  • How do I start my uncontested divorce?   Your uncontested divorce representation starts once I have received two things from you - the information required to complete your uncontested divorce paperwork, and payment of attorney fees.  [Read More]

  • How do I know if I can use your uncontested divorce services?   First, one of the parties (either you or your spouse, doesn't matter who) will need to have been a resident of Missouri for the last 90 days - this is required to file the divorce here in Missouri.  Second, you and your spouse must have an agreement as to all aspect of your divorce, which will allow you to take advantage of my uncontested divorce services.  [Read More]


DIVORCE FAQ

  How much does an uncontested divorce cost in Missouri?

Probably not as much as you think.  With an uncontested divorce, you and your spouse have already done much of the heavy lifting.  You've figured out who is going to get what, who will pay which debts, etc.  You simply need an attorney to prepare the correct paperwork, review the agreement to ensure it addresses all of the issues that need to be resolved in a dissolution of marriage, and, finally, expediently move the case through the courts.

Attorney fees start at just $500 for a Missouri uncontested divorce without children.
  You will also be responsible for filing fees, which are about $150.


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  How long does an uncontested divorce take in Missouri?

I take pride in getting your uncontested divorce completed as quickly as possible.  I am easily accessible and move quickly to make sure you never have to wait long for each step in the uncontested divorce process to be completed.  After completing nearly 1,000 uncontested divorces in the last four years, I've got this down to a science - I'm able to prepare accurate and high-quality pleadings very quickly and present them for review within just days of being hired.  Once approved, I file the cases as soon as possible as to start the mandatory 30-day waiting period.  Once that mandatory waiting period ends, the case is presented to the court for approval.  No delays, no excuses, just a divorce - quickly and easily.


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DO-IT-YOURSELF DIVORCE FORMS

If you take nothing else from your visit to my webpage, please take this:  Whether you hire me or some other St. Louis divorce lawyer to handle your case, you are making a good decision when you choose to have an attorney handle your divorce, as opposed to attempting to handle the case yourself with do-it-yourself divorce forms.  You can find free or low cost pro se (a party who is unrepresented) divorce forms all over the internet.  While these services may look promising, mostly due to the low cost of the forms and the money back guarantee graphics, I can provide a list of clients who tried to facilitate their divorce with internet divorce forms and didn't accomplished anything except wasting their time, money, and effort.


If I have not convinced you that your divorce is better handled by a licensed Missouri divorce attorney, and you insist on proceeding with a pro se divorce, please make sure you download and use the only Missouri-approved pro se divorce forms package.  For the sake of our environment, you may consider whether you truly wish to proceed through the divorce process alone prior to printing the 66-pages of divorce forms and instructions.  Please also remember that without an attorney handling your divorce, you will be required to file the case in court yourself, and then, once your case is set on a docket, navigate through your uncontested hearing, where certain legal elements must be testified to under oath in order to obtain a judgment for divorce.  Filing your case without a divorce lawyer also requires your attendance at a Pro Se Litigant Awareness Class.


UNCONTESTED DIVORCE WITH LINNENBRINGER LAW

I believe that for many parties, an uncontested divorce through Linnenbringer Law is a smart choice for winding down their marriage.  It's not possible for some, as it requires a certain level of trust between spouses and, further, for both of the parties to be fair, reasonable, and level-headed.  However, if you and your spouse are able to come to an agreement that both parties are satisfied with, my uncontested divorce service allows for a fast, affordable way to facilitate your divorce with a minimal amount of stress and inconvenience.  Short marriage, long marriage, children, no children, it doesn't matter - almost any divorce can be any uncontested divorce.


The appeal of an uncontested divorce through Linnenbringer Law is that your divorce will be professionally handled by a licensed St. Louis attorney, in a prompt manner, and at a reasonable flat fee.  Within days of providing the information that I need to complete the dissolution paperwork, along with payment of attorney fees, the client will have his or her rough draft pleadings in their inbox, ready for review.  The client and their spouse review those pleadings and let me know what agreed-upon revisions are necessary.  Upon those revisions being made, generally within 24 hours, the client has updated drafts for review.  When there is mutual approval of those updated drafts, the pleadings are ready to sign and file.  Once the case is filed, the client and spouse are essentially finished with their part, and I take it from there.  If both parties are on the same page, moving promptly, and fully cooperating, a typical client's final divorce pleadings will be on the Judge's desk, ready for review, within six weeks of hiring Linnenbringer Law.


TWO-ATTORNEY CONTESTED DIVORCE CASES

Some cases simply cannot proceed as uncontested divorces and will generally result in each party retaining a divorce lawyer.  In cases where the parties have minor children, the court may deem it appropriate to appoint a third lawyer, a Guardian Ad Litem, who represents the interests of the parties' children.  The costs associated with hiring these lawyers can be quite high.  If you do an internet search for "how much does a divorce cost?", you'll see this for yourself.  One of the top-listed articles quotes an attorney who claims that she had a client break down in tears after hearing the fees charged by the attorney for divorce representation [source].  A fee that causes a client to start weeping does not seem very reasonable to me, but I must be the odd one out here, as other online resources provide similarly high numbers for the costs associated with a contested divorce.  Here are some snippets from around the web: "average cost of divorce in the United States is $15,000" [source] ... "legal fees can easily ramp from $50k to $100k+" [source] ... "costs will range from $25,000 to $50,000 per side" [source] ... "divorce is a $28 billion-a-year industry with an average cost of about $20,000" [source].


Before getting involved in a divorce court battle, consider the fees involved with that type of case, and give some thought as to whether an uncontested divorce could possibly make more fiscal sense for your particular situation.  Who knows, it could end up saving you $14,000, give or take.


HOW TO GET STARTED

Online Missouri Divorce

  COMPLETELY ONLINE

Your uncontested divorce can be started, processed, and completed online with my secure, online uncontested divorce submission system.

Meet with St. Louis Divorce Lawyer

  FACE-TO-FACE

I'm always happy to meet with clients to discuss their uncontested divorce, answer questions, and begin moving towards a quick & amicable divorce.




Complete Your Uncontested Divorce Online

  DOWNLOAD INTAKE PACKET

A more interactive service than the fully online submission form, this remote process calls for a mixture of online, phone, and email interaction.

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DID YOU KNOW . . .

Cost of Missouri Divorce

. . . that "traditional", contested divorces with two divorce lawyers can be very expensive?

Contested divorces are financially and emotionally draining.  Nearly everyone has heard horror stories of spouses spending tens of thousands of dollars fighting it out in divorce court.  Do a search for "average cost of a divorce," and you'll be shocked to see the price of contested cases ranging from $2,500 to $25,000 and even higher.  Most of this goes to the divorce attorneys.  For a large portion of these cases, this just doesn't make sense.  For many individuals, an uncontested divorce will fit their needs just fine and can save them thousands in attorney fees.

Missouri divorce forms

. . . that many of the do-it-yourself online divorce forms will not work in your court?

Many people search for uncontested divorce or do-it-yourself divorce forms and stumble upon DIY form preparation services provided by non-lawyers.  The price is often attractively low, but the fact is, many times these forms simply will not work.  Further, how comfortable can you be providing the details of your financial and property situations to an anonymous "document preparer" with no physical address?  My experience - and the experiences of clients who hire me after the DIY route does not work for them - is that these form preparation websites are often little more than a scam, praying on people who wish to facilitate their divorce at an affordable rate.


How long Missouri divorce takes

. . . that with my uncontested divorce service you'll likely never have to appear in court?

The Missouri courts that I use to facilitate my uncontested divorces allow for divorce cases to be submitted on the sworn affiadvits of each party.  These affidavits allow us to finalize your uncontested divorce case without you or your spouse ever stepping foot inside the courthouse.  It is my goal to get your divorce completed as quickly as possible and to make the process of getting divorced as easy and convenient as possible for you and your spouse.