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  Flat-Fee Uncontested Divorces

CHEAP?  NO.  AFFORDABLE?  YES.  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.



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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, Missouri 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 aspects 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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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.


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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.

UNCONTESTED DIVORCE RUNDOWN

Dear Gerald, my wife and I agree on everything want to get an uncontested divorce. What is the quickest way to start the process?

Steve, St. Louis

Hello Steve, thank you for contacting me. You have three options when it comes to getting your uncontested divorce started. First, you can do it all online. The online system is best to relay information as quickly as possible, but should be avoided if your case is complex or if there is substantial property. Second, you can fill out an intake packet. Once you fill out the packet, you can return it to me via email (or fax, or mail, or hand-deliver, whichever you prefer) and I can then provide you with a price quote. If you decide to proceed, payment of fees can be done online, in person, over the phone, or through the mail. Again, whatever works best for you. Lastly, you can make an appointment to come in for an intake interview, although you will be asked to fill out an intake packet prior to coming in for that.

Here are links to the corresponding pages for each way you can initiate your uncontested divorce case:
1. Online case submission link;
2. Submit a completed intake packet; or
3. Or, let me know if you want to make an appointment.

Thank you for your interest in using Linnenbringer Law for your uncontested divorce, let me know if you have any questions.
- Gerald

Hi Gerald. I would like to file my uncontested divorce through your online system... can you explain what that entails?

Donna, St. Charles

Hi Donna, thank you for your interest in my online uncontested divorce service. First, while the online uncontested divorce submission is a very quick way to initiate your case, it should really only be used if there are no complex property divisions and/or child custody and support arrangements. If your case seems appropriate for submission via the online system, you'll answer a series of questions (all through a secure server) pertaining to you, your spouse, and the marriage. If children are involved, you will be prompted to provide answers to a number of questions pertaining to custody and support. Finally, the division of property and debt will be addressed. These questions ask, basically, what marital property and debt is out there and how that property and debt will be divided between the parties. As you move through the online form, your total attorney fee will tally up. At the conclusion of the form, you'll make payment of fees and, just like that, your case has begun. You'll hear from me shortly after your submission with any follow-up questions I may have after my review of your information.

Please let me know if you have any other questions or concerns about the uncontested divorce process.
- Gerald

You ask and I answer:
The Uncontested Divorce Mailbag

Divorce in Missouri



UNCONTESTED DIVORCE CHECKLISTS

Property Division in Divorce

Division of Assets & Debts

In order for your divorce to be uncontested, you and your spouse need to agree on every aspect of your divorce, including who will take what assets, and who will pay what debts. This includes cars, houses, boats, planes, bank accounts, retirement accounts, investments, and anything else you can think of. If you own it or owe it, you will need to have decided which party gets, or pays it.

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Missouri Alimony Laws

Maintenance / Spousal Support

Parties to an uncontested divorce must determine details pertaining to maintenance, otherwise known as alimony or spousal party. The parties must agree to whether maintenance is appropriate at all and, if so, who will pay, how much will be paid, and for how long will the obligation lasts. The court looks at a number of factors when determining whether maintenance is appropriate, which I have outlined in my Missouri Divorce Frequently Asked Questions page.

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What do you and your spouse need to agree on for your divorce to be considered uncontested?

In order for your divorce to be considered uncontested and eligible for flat-fee pricing, you've got to make sure you and your spouse agree on every single aspect of your divorce.  Here you will find a brief rundown of what must the parties need to agree on, as well as links to the full "Is my Divorce Uncontested" checklists. If you are considering proceeding with a flat-fee, uncontested divorce, this should be required reading.

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The Divorce Lawyer

You need to be agreeable as to how involved the divorce attorney will be with your uncontested case. The attorney for an uncontested divorce will not be resolving disagreements the parties get into about who should get the big screen TV or who should be responsible for paying court costs. The divorce lawyer will not be subpoenaing records from banks or employers, nor will the lawyer be searching for hidden accounts or non-disclosed assets. There is absolutely no investigation done by the divorce lawyer and not a single discovery motion will be filed in court. If your spouse has a history of hiding cash in off-shore bank accounts, an uncontested divorce may not be for you.



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Missouri Child Custody

Child Custody

Parties to an uncontested divorce must decide on custodial arrangements for their minor children. This involves the parties agreeing which parent will be the residential parent, as well as creating a visitation schedule and holiday plan. The parties' visitation schedule will include the details of the day-to-day custodial plan, including when and where custodial exchanges occur.

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Missouri Child Support

Child Support

For your divorce to be considered uncontested, you and your spouse must have an agreement as to the support of the minor children. Who will pay who child support, how much will be paid, and how those payments will be made (directly vs. wage withholding vs. through FSD) must all be decided by the parties in an uncontested divorce. They must also decide which party will take the tax dependency deduction, as well as who will cover the health insurance expense and the day care costs.

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DARE TO COMPARE

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.



AN ILLUSTRATED GUIDE TO DIVORCE

FROM INITIAL CONSULTATION TO YOUR FINAL DIVORCE DECREE

as explained by:  Gerald W. Linnenbringer, St. Louis, Missouri Divorce Attorney

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Step-By-Step Missouri Uncontested Divorce Guide

Many of the emails I receive are from potential clients trying to get a feel of how the uncontested divorce process works through Linnenbringer Law.  In an effort to help educate the public, and reduce the number of times I compose the same email, I present you with a graphical illustration of the how the uncontested divorce process works through my office.


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#1  Intake Interview

Most of my uncontested divorce cases start online or after a face-to-face interview. In either situation, the goal is to get the information I need to complete the divorce paperwork that will be used to facilitate your uncontested divorce. Much of the information requested is demographic - names, dates of birth, addresses, marriage details, etc. Additionally, you will also need to provide me with a rundown of who gets what assets and who pays which debts. If children are involved, you will also need to provide an explanation of what you and your spouse intend to do with respect to child custody and support.

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#2  Paperwork Preparation

Once I have the information needed to complete the divorce paperwork, as well as payment of attorney fees, I get to work on your case. Within just a few days I will have completed all of the paperwork necessary to initiate and complete your uncontested divorce. The divorce pleadings for your case will be drafted pursuant to the information provided by you, no discovery motions will be filed by your attorney. Once your paperwork is finished, the substantive documents - the Marital Settlement Agreement and Parenting Plan - are scanned and emailed to you for review.

Divorce Forms in Missouri
#3  Document Review

You and your spouse review the scanned documents and let me know what additions, corrections, and revisions are necessary in order for the paperwork to accurately reflect the agreement reached between the spouses. Requested edits are made very quickly, and the updated documents scanned and emailed out for review. Assuming the updated drafts are mutually acceptable, the case can then proceed to the signature stage.

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#4  Signatures

In order to facilitate the uncontested divorce, all of the documents will need to be properly signed and notarized. The signature step can occur in a few ways, based on the preferences of you and your spouse. Everything can be done remotely, by emailing the documents for printing, signing, and delivering back to my office, or, alternatively, you can both stop by my office (by appointment only) and sign here.

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#5  Filing the Case

Once I have signed pleadings, along with a check made payable to the court for the filing fee, your part is pretty much done and I take it from there. I file the case with the courts as quickly as possible in order to get the mandatory thirty day waiting period started. I then put a note in my calendar to submit your case to the Judge on the 31st day after the case is filed.

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#6  Finalizing the Divorce

On day 31, or as close to that day as possible, I head back up to court, pull your file from the clerk's office, and present it to the Judge. The Judge reviews your file, including you and your spouse's Settlement Agreement and Parenting Plan, and, assuming he or she is satisfied with the details of your arrangement, the Judgment is signed off on and you are divorced.




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MISSOURI DIVORCE BLOG

COMMENTARY AND INSIGHT INTO MISSOURI DIVORCE PROCEDURE AND LAW


  April 6, 2014:  Missouri Divorce in a Nutshell

Whether you are proceeding with a contested divorce or an uncontested divorce (through Linnenbringer Law, naturally), you are bound to hear terms and come across court-related documents that you are not familiar with. This is nothing to be embarrassed about, unless you're a divorce attorney, I suppose, and I'm pretty sure I've met one or two of them who didn't seem to understand much about divorce law either. So, without further ado, let's get into it. You, the client, hires your attorney, leading to the following exchange. . . Read More


  April 3, 2014:  Maintenance (aka Alimony) in Missouri

Missouri has two types of maintenance obligations, modifiable and non-modifiable. Modifiable maintenance, just like it sounds, can be modified by the court at a later date if one party files a Motion to Modify Maintenance. A party attempting to modify a maintenance obligation will have to show a "continuing and substantial change in circumstances" that makes the terms of the original arrangement unreasonable and therefore, a change is warranted. . . Read More


  January 30, 2014:  Can one lawyer handle an uncontested divorce in Missouri?

Those looking for an uncontested divorce are generally price conscious people, so they often ask if their spouse will be needing to hire an attorney or, alternatively, whether the uncontested divorce lawyer that they hire will be representing both parties. The answer to both of those question is no. . . Read More


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