Uncontested Divorce with Linnenbringer Law

Going through divorce is hard.

Getting divorced doesn't have to be.

Gerald W. Linnenbringer

Linnenbringer Law Firm
10805 Sunset Office Dr, Ste 300
Sunset Hills, Missouri 63127
PH: 314-238-1219
CELL: 636-236-1488
FAX: 314-238-1250
GWL@LinnenbringerLaw.com
This process was so quick and easy. I was kept informed all along the way in the process and was anxious to get updates so regularly and to find the process was completed expediently. This was the best experience I could have imagined.

- Liz

Gerald was really affordable and very knowledgeable about my case. He did everything as promised and was very prompt when returning emails and phone calls. I would definitely recommend him to anyone needing his services.

- Lindsay

Gerald was a pleasure to work with. He only took 34 days to finalize my divorce (of which, 30 days is required by local law). He is very knowledgable and easy to work with!

- Brian

Missouri Uncontested Divorce

Fast and Affordable Uncontested Divorce

What is an uncontested divorce? An uncontested divorce is a dissolution of marriage case in which both parties are in complete agreement as to every aspect of their divorce, including asset distribution, debt allocation, maintenance, and, if children are involved, custody and support. You may have also heard terminology like non-contested divorce, amicable divorce, or cooperative divorce used when describing this type of dissolution case, all of which are synonymous with my preferred wording, uncontested divorce.

What are the benefits of an uncontested divorce? Speed, affordability, control, and avoiding the stress involved in going through a traditional divorce case. The cornerstone and essential element of my uncontested divorce service is not something often associated with legal work, and that is efficiency. I move cases quickly using a systematic approach that allows me to produce high-quality, accurate, personalized dissolution pleadings at an affordable flat rate. This uncommon approach to divorce representation eliminates much of the financial and emotional trauma associated with going through a divorce. A traditional divorce case can drag on for months, if not years, and can be extremely expensive. If, however, you and your spouse are able to reach an agreement as to all elements of your divorce, you can use my Missouri uncontested divorce service to promptly and professionally facilitate your divorce on the terms agreed upon by you and your spouse. The reasonable flat-fees I offer provide parties with a financial incentive to reach a fair and amicable resolution to their marriage.

Where do you have to live to use this service? Anywhere, really, so long as one party is a resident of Missouri. If either you or your spouse have been a Missouri resident for at least ninety days, you can take advantage of my uncontested divorce service. My office is located in St. Louis, but I've helped clients from across the world facilitate their uncontested divorce quickly and affordably, without ever having to step foot inside my office or a courtroom. My most popular service areas are Kansas City, Springfield, and, of course, St. Louis and its surrounding counties, like St. Charles, Jefferson and Franklin. Quick response times and clear, step-by-step instruction makes for a positive client experience, regardless of how far away the client may be. This is also helpful for active duty military who are currently serving overseas.

Who should you trust to handle your Missouri uncontested divorce? Good question, and it's a question I hope to help you answer as you read through this site. My name is Gerald Linnenbringer and I'm a lawyer in St. Louis. You'll see me all over this site, often in avatar-form, and for good reason, as I coded it from scratch, wrote all of the content, and even created the cool graphics. You won't see stock photos of lawyers pontificating in front of fireplaces or hanging out in law libraries, and there aren't any claims of how aggressive I may or may not be. The focus of my site is to build rapport while discussing the process of uncontested divorce in Missouri, and the benefits of an amicable divorce, directly with you. This one-to-one interaction is much like the representation you will receive, as I personally handle every inquiry from every client and prospective client, from start to finish.

How are the fees made so affordable? Many traditional divorce lawyers may handle only a few cases at a time. The time demanded of contested cases generally does 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 over 2,000 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, including email, file-sharing, texting, or whatever may be required by your particular situation, allows for the quick and consistent communication necessary for a service-oriented, systematic, and stress-free process.

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Section 1, By the Numbers
Section 3, Past Divorce Client Testimonials
Section 4, Uncontested Divorce Checklists
Section 5, Missouri Uncontested Divorce FAQ
Section 6, Divorce Showdown
Section 7, Uncontested Divorce Process
Section 8, Fees and Expenses for Uncontested Divorce
Section 9, Get Your Uncontested Divorce Started

In the first section, we'll get warmed up with a numerical overview of my practice and, specifically, the uncontested divorce service that I provide. From there, you'll learn about the attorney, and then, after that, you'll read what past clients have to say about Linnenbringer Law.

Divorce By the Numbers

By the Numbers

Experience matters when it comes to effectively handling uncontested divorces. Since 2008, I have successfully handled over 2,000 uncontested divorces. Many, if not most, attorneys are capable of plodding an uncontested divorce through the system, but far fewer have built a practice on being able to do it faster and better than the competition.

The average cost for an uncontested divorce is about seven hundred dollars, with most uncontested cases being either $650 or $850, depending on whether children are involved. There is also a filing fee, which is usually about $150.

Most cases are final within 45 days or so of me receiving payment and the information I need to complete your uncontested divorce pleadings. This varies a bit, unfortunately, as some of the timeline is out of my control, like how long it takes the Judge to sign off on everything after it is submitted.

Experience matters when it comes to effectively handling uncontested divorces. Since 2008, I have successfully handled over 2,000 uncontested divorces. Many, if not most, attorneys are capable of plodding an uncontested divorce through the system, but far fewer have built a practice on being able to do it faster and better than the competition.

The average cost for an uncontested divorce is about seven hundred dollars, with most uncontested cases being either $650 or $850, depending on whether children are involved. There is also a filing fee, which is usually about $150.

Most cases are final within 45 days or so of me receiving payment and the information I need to complete your uncontested divorce pleadings. This varies a bit, unfortunately, as some of the timeline is out of my control, like how long it takes the Judge to sign off on everything after it is submitted.

If there is one thing that sets my service apart from all other uncontested divorce providers, it is the speed in which I prepare high-quality pleadings. On a related note, I beat my high school typing teacher in a head-to-head typing-speed contest.

I'm throwing a perfect game when it comes to online reviews from past uncontested divorce clients. Unfortunately, I now live in constant fear of receiving a four out of five star rating and being forced to update this five-star graphic that I made.

In the seven years my practice has been open, I have had zero Better Business Bureau grievances, zero fee disputes, and zero Bar complaints. Treating clients with dignity and respect, taking phone calls, and responding to emails is the Linnenbringer Law way.

If there is one thing that sets my service apart from all other uncontested divorce providers, it is the speed in which I prepare high-quality pleadings. On a related note, I beat my high school typing teacher in a head-to-head typing-speed contest.

I'm throwing a perfect game when it comes to online reviews from past uncontested divorce clients. Unfortunately, I now live in constant fear of receiving a four out of five star rating and being forced to update this five-star graphic that I made.

In the seven years my practice has been open, I have had zero Better Business Bureau grievances, zero fee disputes, and zero Bar complaints. Treating clients with dignity and respect, taking phone calls, and responding to emails is the Linnenbringer Law way.

The legality of same-sex marriages in Missouri means that all citizens now have an equal right to take advantage of the fast and affordable uncontested divorce services provided by Linnenbringer Law. Of course, the infancy of same-sex marriages has kept the number of same-sex divorces low, so far, but if you're looking for an attorney who has handled a few same-sex uncontested divorces, look no further.

There have even been a couple of local St. Louis celebrities (or, at the very least, local St. Louis personalities) that have taken advantage of the fast and affordable way in which I am able to complete uncontested divorces. Strict confidentiality rules prevent me from unveiling the names of these heavyweight stars, but rest assured, you would be impressed.

Providing high-quality uncontested divorce representation to overseas military is the least I can do for those brave men and women. I have handled uncontested divorces for active duty service members stationed in Iraq, Afghanistan, Germany, and Italy, to name just a few. In an attempt to repay them for just a fraction of the service they provide to our country, I provide these service members with expedient, high-quality uncontested divorce representation.

The legality of same-sex marriages in Missouri means that all citizens now have an equal right to take advantage of the fast and affordable uncontested divorce services provided by Linnenbringer Law. Of course, the infancy of same-sex marriages has kept the number of same-sex divorces low, so far, but if you're looking for an attorney who has handled a few same-sex uncontested divorces, look no further.

There have even been a couple of local St. Louis celebrities (or, at the very least, local St. Louis personalities) that have taken advantage of the fast and affordable way in which I am able to complete uncontested divorces. Strict confidentiality rules prevent me from unveiling the names of these heavyweight stars, but take my word for it, you would be impressed.

Providing high-quality uncontested divorce representation to overseas military is the least I can do for those brave men and women. I have handled uncontested divorces for active duty service members stationed in Iraq, Afghanistan, Germany, and Italy, to name just a few. In an attempt to repay them for just a fraction of the service they provide to our country, I provide these service members with expedient, high-quality uncontested divorce representation.

If you think that you can't get an uncontested divorce because you and your spouse have a high net worth, think again. I have helped uncontested divorce clients with varying ranges of estate value, with the highest net worth being approximately four million dollars. These parties had multiple pieces of real estate, a few homes, a business, and an array of investments and retirement accounts. Not a problem for Linnenbringer Law's uncontested divorce service. The entire case, start to finish, was completed in under forty-five days.

Everyone loves analytics and statistics. That being the case, here is some data compiled from the thousands of uncontested divorce cases I have handled:

  • 27% involve children
  • 4% have one of the parties paying maintenance
  • 9% had an out-of-state (or country) Petitioner
  • 14% had an out-of-state (or country) Respondent
  • 56% of cases were initiated by the wife
  • 34% of wives requested a name restoration
  • 100% of cases handled at an affordable rate

Having a large family doesn't mean that you can't take advantage of Linnenbringer Law's uncontested divorce service. I've handled uncontested divorces for families of all sizes, with the largest consisting of seven children. Even with seven children, the client's flat fee was no different than it would have been had they had one child, and their divorce was completed just as quickly. Children are expensive, but an uncontested divorce can help reduce the financial strain that a dissolution of marriage can put on a family.

If you think that you can't get an uncontested divorce because you and your spouse have a high net worth, think again. I have helped uncontested divorce clients with varying ranges of estate value, with the highest net worth being approximately four million dollars. These parties had multiple pieces of real estate, a few homes, a business, and an array of investments and retirement accounts. Not a problem for Linnenbringer Law's uncontested divorce service. The entire case, start to finish, was completed in under forty-five days.

Everyone loves analytics and statistics. That being the case, here is some data compiled from the thousands of uncontested divorce cases I have handled:

  • 27% involve children
  • 4% have one of the parties paying maintenance
  • 9% had an out-of-state (or country) Petitioner
  • 14% had an out-of-state (or country) Respondent
  • 56% of cases were initiated by the wife
  • 34% of wives requested a name restoration
  • 100% of cases handled at an affordable rate

Having a large family doesn't mean that you can't take advantage of Linnenbringer Law's uncontested divorce service. I've handled uncontested divorces for families of all sizes, with the largest consisting of seven children. Even with seven children, the client's flat fee was no different than it would have been had they had one child, and their divorce was completed just as quickly. Children are expensive, but an uncontested divorce can help reduce the financial strain that a dissolution of marriage can put on a family.

Section 1, By the Numbers
Section 3, Past Divorce Client Testimonials
Section 4, Uncontested Divorce Checklists
Section 5, Missouri Uncontested Divorce FAQ
Section 6, Divorce Showdown
Section 7, Uncontested Divorce Process
Section 8, Fees and Expenses for Uncontested Divorce
Section 9, Get Your Uncontested Divorce Started

In the upcoming section, you'll learn a little bit about my background and the history of my uncontested divorce practice. There is also some information regarding my education and work experience, if you're interested. After you read about me, you'll move on to reviews and testimonials section, where the remarkable claims I've made regarding the quality and value of my uncontested divorce service will be corroborated by some of my past clients.

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Gerald W. Linnenbringer, Missouri Uncontested Divorce Lawyer

My name is Gerald Linnenbringer, and I would like to thank you for visiting my webpage dedicated to Missouri uncontested divorce. Since opening my practice in 2008, I have helped over five thousand people navigate through the legal system. I put forth the effort and care to give my clients the most effective representation possible, all while finding time to make awesome graphics for this website.

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The most popular service that I offer is the flat-fee uncontested divorce, which I provide to residents across the entire state of Missouri. Presumptively, it's the reason you find yourself on my website.

Since beginning to offer flat-fee uncontested divorces in 2009, the popularity of the service has grown each year. In 2010, I handled 125 uncontested divorces. In 2011, that number jumped to over 200, then to over 300 in 2012. In 2013, 2014, and 2015, I averaged about one uncontested divorce per calendar day. In 2016, I may just officially move into my office. All of these divorces were uncontested, with the parties simply needing an efficient, easy, and affordable way to get their divorce completed correctly by an experienced attorney.

Many attorneys seem to shy away from using technology to help provide legal services, but I try to use it as much as possible. It allows me to communicate quickly with clients and help individuals in farther away locations that would previously made representation much more burdensome. In fact, I have handled uncontested divorces for clients whom I have never seen. Individuals contact me from all over Missouri, including Columbia, Kansas City, and Cape Girardeau, to name a few, for help with their uncontested divorce. I've even had clients hire me from Australia, Europe, and Asia (their spouse lived in Missouri, of course). No matter where the client is from, I take great pride in facilitating their uncontested divorce as easily and quickly as possible. Taking the stress out of the divorce is part of my job, and it is something past clients have shown appreciation for. I have consolidated client reviews (yes, actual real client reviews) from around the internet here on my website.

For the past two years, I have provided clients a convenient, safe, and secure way to initiate an online uncontested divorce. In the first year that my Missouri online uncontested divorce service was available, 75 uncontested divorces were submitted, reviewed, and paid for entirely online. The second year saw that number increase to just under 100, and in the third year, over 150 uncontested divorces were handled completely through my online divorce system. I appreciate suggestions from clients who have used the online submission, as I'm constantly working to make the online divorce process better.

If you have had to use the services of an attorney in the past, you know how frustrating it can be to get a hold of them. That's why I make sure to be easy to reach at my office, (314) 238-1219, my cell phone, (636) 236-1488, or through e-mail. I do not use a secretary, paralegal, or associate attorney to handle my cases, or to screen my calls. When you need to reach me, you can, whether through e-mail, text message, or an old-fashioned phone call.

Thank you very much for visiting my webpage. There is an abundance of Missouri divorce information located throughout my site, but please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or comments that you may have. I hope to hear from you soon.

EDUCATION

Saint Louis University School of Law
Juris Doctorate, Criminal Litigation Concentration
Saint Louis University School of Business
Masters in Business Administration
University of Missouri
BS in Business Administration

LICENSING

State of Missouri
State of Illinois

SOMEWHAT RELEVANT EXPERIENCE

Madison County, IL State's Attorney's Office
Federal Public Defender's Office
SLU Criminal Defense Legal Clinic
Law clerk, Law Offices of Thomas Green
Law clerk, Law Offices of Patrick Gadell

AWARDS

Avvo Clients' Choice 2012: Uncontested Divorce
Avvo Clients' Choice 2013: Uncontested Divorce
Avvo Clients' Choice 2014: Uncontested Divorce
Avvo Clients' Choice 2015: Uncontested Divorce
World's Best Dad (according to my coffee mug)
Section 1, By the Numbers
Section 3, Past Divorce Client Testimonials
Section 4, Uncontested Divorce Checklists
Section 5, Missouri Uncontested Divorce FAQ
Section 6, Divorce Showdown
Section 7, Uncontested Divorce Process
Section 8, Fees and Expenses for Uncontested Divorce
Section 9, Get Your Uncontested Divorce Started

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.

Real reviews from real clients

Testimonials from past clients, compiled from Google and Avvo.com.

"If you are looking for an attorney for a non-contested divorce, choose him. You won't be disappointed!"

"Very polite, thorough, and fast. He is definitely a man on top of his business."

Stephanie

Gerald W. Linnenbringer is outstanding! I am extremely grateful for his time, sound advice and guidance through an exceedingly sensitive time in my life. I felt he actually cared for me as a person and not just another client. He was able to make the process as quick and painless as possible. I would highly recommend Gerald to anyone needing assistance during such a difficult time. Definitely exceeded my expectations!

Whitney

I hired Gerald after reading many of the positive reviews and I was so pleased that he did not disappoint. The entire process was so quick and easy which is a huge relief because nobody needs the extra stress during a divorce. I am forever grateful for all the help I received and would recommend anybody to consider Gerald in the future.

Nicholas

Above all, Gerald is a professional that knows his domain. He answered all of my questions questions during the uncontested divorce process (I had many), and made the whole situation far less strenuous than it would otherwise have been. Life transitions are never easy, but when they do occur allies like Gerald can make a significant difference in the outcome. I recommend his services without reservation.

Bethany

It's not too difficult to find a knowledgeable lawyer in the St. Louis area, but finding a lawyer that is a genuinely decent person can be a bit more challenging. Gerald Linnenbringer is both knowledgeable and personable. He has made each of my cases more convenient than I thought possible with his ability to communicate via email when needed. I felt that he was on top of my case and appreciated that I was informed each time there was an update. I will continue to recommended him to anyone needing legal assistance.

Angela

He is fast, keeps you informed himself personally every little step, is trustworthy, I feel has a good heart, truly helps people, and does his job, thoroughly, fast, and very well. He is an amazing lawyer... I wouldn't use anyone else! Amazing!

Cheryl

Gerald helped me with my divorce. I was so scared to file because I didn't know what to expect, but he made it so easy and fast. I would recommend him to anyone and definitely use him again if I ever need to.

Julianne

Gerald was especially kind and responsive during the whole process with the divorce. I had been separated for over two years and was putting off filing because I was scared of the process. Once I hired Gerald, the whole thing was over a month later. By the time I was ready to file, I was in a hurry because I was newly engaged to my current spouse. Gerald really made everything simple and painless. My ex was even impressed and thanked me for taking care of it all by hiring Gerald.

Jennifer

Gerald made my divorce very easy. First, his rate for an uncontested divorce was the best in the area, plus there were no hidden fees. This was my first divorce, and I was very nervous about the whole situation, but he made me very comfortable. Two visits to his office, and a 30 day wait, and my divorce was final the next day after our 30 day wait. I would recommend him to ANYONE!

Ryan

If you can manage to agree on an uncontested divorce with your spouse, Gerald will make the process fast and simple so you can move on with your life. He responds to e-mails quickly and communicates efficiently, making the process much less time consuming than it otherwise would be. In addition, Gerald comes off as likable and easy to work with, which is not always the case with lawyers I've dealt with. Worth every penny.

Heather

I live out of the country and needed to file for divorce in America. Gerald was very responsive and helpful the entire way through. Even with a 6 hour time difference, I did not wait long for a complete detailed response. Everything went through smoothly without much concern to me, he handled it all. It made a stressful situation much easier to get through. I would definitely recommend him if you are hiring a lawyer for a divorce proceeding.

Tammy

I was given this lawyers name from a friend of mine that had used him for an uncontested divorce and I was NEVER disappointed! He kept in contact with me and kept me informed of the entire process! Once I finally got my now ex-husband to sign the papers, it only took a short time until it was final! Hopefully I will never need a divorce lawyer again, but if I do, I will be using him again without hesitation!

Mike

Very patient and willing to help. Even considering that I was a little over the top and full of questions, he was very patient and took the time to answer all my questions. Also very good at responding to emails in a timely manner.

Vanessa

I couldn't have asked for a better attorney. Gerald kept me informed about everything at all times and if I had a quick question or concern he was just a phone call or a text away. He took care of my uncontested divorce while I was overseas and everything happened fast and smooth.

Liz

This process was so quick and easy. I was kept informed all along the way in the process and was anxious to get updates so regularly and to find the process was completed expediently. This was the best experience I could have imagined.

Sarah

Gerald represented me in an uncontested divorce. He was very easy to get ahold of, and very up to date with technology. I loved that he allowed me to communicate with him via text and email, and was always very quick to respond.

James

I used Mr. Gerald Linnenbringer for my recent divorce and will recommend him to anyone that will listen. He was amazing to work with, understanding, listened to what you had to say and what you wanted. I felt as though I was working with a friend. I sent Mr. Linnenbringer an e-mail (using the email from his website), late one evening (like 9:30-10:00pm) before I went to work. By the time I made it to work that night at midnight, I already had a response from him. I had never contacted him before and never gave him a dime yet, I was simply inquiring about his services. I knew right then, that he was the attorney I would be working with. His prices were the most affordable I had found and the fact that it was a flat rate, I didn't have to worry about any additional fees like most other attorneys give you. He was ALWAYS available to respond to e-mail, phone calls, or even the couple times I wanted a last minute appointment. He made it happen. If I ever need an attorney, he is my pick without a doubt. Make him yours, you will not be disappointed.

Iraj

Attorney Gerald Linnenbringer is one of the best attorneys in Saint Louis Missouri, his ability to provide unique and tailored legal services to each of his clients is amazing. From my first meeting in his office I knew I had made the right decision. I talked to other lawyers before deciding to have Gerald to represent me in divorce court. Gerald explained the legal process to me and all the steps including the time it takes to finalize the divorce. He has kept me informed on all developments and answered my questions promptly. I know Gerald has other cases, but he handled my case as if it were his only one. He is an awesome person who is always willing to go the extra mile. He was always supportive, caring, and understanding. He is a very professional, knowledgeable, honest, and genuine attorney. Gerald always returned my calls or emails in no time whenever I had a question or concern. I am very pleased with Gerald and will use him as an attorney if I ever needed an attorney again and recommend him to whomever needs an attorney. He is just a wonderful person and an awesome attorney. Thank you for all you’ve done and all your help.

Alex

Gerald is one of those gems you come across when the world is beating you to the ground and you need someone who you can trust to have your best interests at heart. If you are reading this and have gone through a hundred other websites looking for a halfway decent lawyer and all the reviews are sounding to sound the same then its time you stop compromising and call Gerald. His reviews and feedback speak for themselves and that is why I chose him and I thank my lucky stars I did. You simply cannot go wrong with Gerald and I HIGHLY recommend him. Give him a call and stop stressing yourself out.

Elizabeth

I utilized Gerald recently for my uncontested divorce. Gerald truly sets himself apart from other attorneys in his field by: 1. Being quick, 2. Being responsive, and 3. Being upfront. Not only did it take a mere day for Gerald to put all of my paperwork together, but any time I had a question, concern, etc. it took him a matter of hours to respond, even on the weekend. He set my expectations appropriately, guided me based on his experience, and truly made the uncomfortable process of ending a marriage as painless as possible. Hopefully I will never have to use his services again, but I will gladly recommend him to my friends if they experience the same misfortune. If you are looking for a quick, painless and cost effective divorce, I can't recommend Gerald more highly.

Kathy

I will highly recommend this law firm. Gerald handled my uncontested divorce quickly and everything was handled online and via email. This was extremely convenient for both myself and ex-husband, as we live in different cities. The fee was very affordable, and he answered any questions that I had promptly and professionally.

Terry

Highly recommended! I attempted to represent myself in my divorce. Huge mistake, my petition sat in court with no response for 11 months. I retained Mr. Linnenbringer and by doing so I was divorced with no hiccups in about 30 days. Very efficient and very professional!!!

Jessica

Gerald was incredibly easy to work with as well as very professional. The process was extremely painless, beginning with Gerald's online questionnaire and his consistent updates on the status, and ending with his notification of the divorce being finalized. I would recommend him time and time again!

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A Feedback Favorite.

As you can see, over the course of providing two-thousand some-odd uncontested divorces I have received some great feedback and testimonials. In addition to positive testimonials, clients have also been so kind as to send various whiskeys, gift certificates to restaurants, tickets to sporting events, and, a personal favorite, a cake shaped like a hamburger. Please note, while I am certainly thankful for these things, in no way are tokens of appreciation expected for handling one's uncontested divorce. I do charge a fee, after all.

All of that being said, some of the best feedback I have received was actually from the spouse (actually, ex-spouse, at the time the email was sent) of one of my clients. As the non-client spouse, I had never spoken to, corresponded with, or seen this individual. I was able to finalize their case in about 45 days, and I received this email shortly thereafter.

The message delivered in this email is the driving force behind why I created this uncontested divorce service, and why I strive to provide an unparalleled level of service, which is to allow spouses to cleanly, quickly, and professionally dissolve their marriage while causing minimal disruption to their lives and the lives of their family.

Favorite Uncontested Divorce Testimonial

Mr. Linnenbringer,

Even though I'm technically not your client, I wanted to thank you for the prompt, professional and communicative way that you've handled our case.

I consulted with a couple lawyers here locally, and the difference between what they claimed was even possible, and what you actually did, is like night and day. It's such a relief to find a path through the system that does not force Matthew and I into an artificially contentious position with each other.

If I ever have friends who find themselves in a situation like ours, I will not hesitate to heartily recommend you to them.

Section 1, By the Numbers
Section 3, Past Divorce Client Testimonials
Section 4, Uncontested Divorce Checklists
Section 5, Missouri Uncontested Divorce FAQ
Section 6, Divorce Showdown
Section 7, Uncontested Divorce Process
Section 8, Fees and Expenses for Uncontested Divorce
Section 9, Get Your Uncontested Divorce Started

You have now met Gerald and, hopefully, you have been convinced through client testimonials that for an uncontested divorce in Missouri, he's the attorney for you. Now, let's see if your divorce is really uncontested. If you are considering proceeding with a flat-fee, uncontested divorce, my "Is Your Divorce Uncontested?" checklists should be required reading. In order for your divorce to be considered uncontested, you've got to make sure you and your spouse agree on all aspects of your divorce. Here you will find a rundown of what details the parties must agree upon in order to use my uncontested divorce service.

Is your divorce uncontested?

Use my uncontested divorce checklists to determine what portions of your divorce are uncontested, and which parts you still have to work on.

The Divorce Itself : If you're going to use Linnenbringer Law's uncontested divorce service, you and your spouse have to agree to divorce. In other words, your spouse must agree to sign off on the paperwork necessary to facilitate the divorce, which will reflect the terms you and your spouse have already agreed upon. You may have nothing to dispute, and nothing to fight about, but if your spouse is not willing to cooperate in order to get the divorce handled, then your divorce is not eligible for my flat-fee uncontested divorce service.

Property and Debt : 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, and you want to proceed with an uncontested divorce, then you need to figure out which party gets it or pays it.

Spousal Support / Maintenance : Parties to an uncontested divorce will need to have an agreement regarding spousal support. While it is true that an overwhelmingly large percentage of my uncontested divorce cases do not involve a maintenance obligation, that does not mean it isn't appropriate in some cases. If maintenance is appropriate for your case, you and your spouse will need to agree on how much of the monthly maintenance payment will be paid, and for how long that obligation shall last.

The Divorce Itself

If you're going to use Linnenbringer Law's uncontested divorce service, you and your spouse have to agree to divorce. In other words, your spouse must agree to sign off on the paperwork necessary to facilitate the divorce, which will reflect the terms you and your spouse have already agreed upon. You may have nothing to dispute, and nothing to fight about, but if your spouse is not willing to cooperate in order to get the divorce handled, then your divorce is not eligible for my flat-fee uncontested divorce service.

Property / Debt Division

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, and you want to proceed with an uncontested divorce, then you need to figure out which party gets it or pays it.

Spousal Support / Maintenance

Parties to an uncontested divorce will need to have an agreement regarding spousal support. While it is true that an overwhelmingly large percentage of my uncontested divorce cases do not involve a maintenance obligation, that does not mean it isn't appropriate in some cases. If maintenance is appropriate for your case, you and your spouse will need to agree on how much of the monthly maintenance payment will be paid, and for how long that obligation shall last.

Child Custody and Visitation : Divorces that involve children require that a parenting plan be filed with the court. That parenting plan will outline, among other things, child custody and visitation. It will contain an exchange schedule, which controls when each parent takes custody of the children. The exchange schedule details who will provide transportation to each exchange, what time the exchange is to occur, and where the exchange occurs. It is fairly meticulous and specific, but for good reason, as those details reduce ambiguity, which reduces the likelihood you end up back in court. All of the details required by the parenting plan must be agreed upon in advance, for the parties to use my uncontested divorce service.

Child Support : Your options for child support are three-fold: (1) Someone pays the Form 14 Missouri child support calculator amount; (2) Someone pays an amount that deviates from the Form 14 by agreement (in other words, you and your spouse come up with your own child support amount); or (3) No one pays child support. Whatever you and your spouse agree to, there must be an agreement as to how much child support will be paid, as well as who will pay it, of course, in order to proceed with an uncontested divorce. You and your spouse will also need to have an agreement as to a few other financial details surrounding the children, which are explained in the full uncontested divorce checklists.

The Uncontested Divorce Lawyer : The spouses to an uncontested divorce must be agreeable as to the level of involvement the lawyer will have in the case. An uncontested divorce attorney does not investigate claims, resolve disputes, or act as a mediator. The representation provided to the Petitioner / client is of limited scope. I won't conspire with the client to pull one over on their spouse, and I will not lie to the client's spouse to further their cause. I'm as neutral and robotic in this process as possible. I'm paid to look for issues the parties may have in their agreement, prepare high-quality pleadings, and to move the case through the courts. I won't be looking for hidden assets, discussing strategy, or providing legal analysis of which party is getting too much, or too little, in the divorce.

Child Custody and Visitation

Divorces that involve children require that a parenting plan be filed with the court. That parenting parenting plan will outline, amongst other things, child custody and visitation. It will contain an exchange schedule, which controls when each parent takes custody of the children. The exchange schedule details who will provide transportation to each exchange, what time the exchange is to occur, and where the exchange occurs. It is fairly meticulous and specific, but for good reason, as those details reduce ambiguity, which reduces the likelihood you end up back in court. All of the details required by the parenting plan must be agreed upon in advance, for the parties to use my uncontested divorce service.

Child Support

Your options for child support are three-fold: (1) Someone pays the Form 14 Missouri child support calculator amount; (2) Someone pays an amount that deviates from the Form 14 by agreement (in other words, you and your spouse come up with your own child support amount); or (3) No one pays child support. Whatever you and your spouse agree to, there must be an agreement as to how much child support will be paid, as well as who will pay it, of course, in order to proceed with an uncontested divorce. You and your spouse will also need to have an agreement as to a few other financial details surrounding the children, which are explained in the full uncontested divorce checklists.

The Divorce Lawyer

The spouses to an uncontested divorce must be agreeable as to the level of involvement the lawyer will have in the case. An uncontested divorce attorney does not investigate claims, resolve disputes, or act as a mediator. The representation provided to the Petitioner / client is of limited scope. I won't conspire with the client to pull one over on their spouse, and I will not lie to the client's spouse to further their cause. I'm as neutral and robotic in this process as possible. I'm paid to look for issues the parties may have in their agreement, prepare high-quality pleadings, and to move the case through the courts. I won't be looking for hidden assets, discussing strategy, or providing legal analysis of which party is getting too much, or too little, in the divorce.

Missouri Uncontested Divorce Checklists
Section 1, By the Numbers
Section 3, Past Divorce Client Testimonials
Section 4, Uncontested Divorce Checklists
Section 5, Missouri Uncontested Divorce FAQ
Section 6, Divorce Showdown
Section 7, Uncontested Divorce Process
Section 8, Fees and Expenses for Uncontested Divorce
Section 9, Get Your Uncontested Divorce Started

My Missouri Uncontested Divorce FAQ is up next. Here you will find down-to-earth explanations of how divorce works in Missouri, broken down in a helpful question-answer format. If you're tired of visiting websites for other attorneys and law firms that discuss filing pendente lite motions as if it's a term you should be familiar with, then my dissolution of marriage FAQ is for you.

Missouri Divorce 101

Linnenbringer Law's World Famous Missouri Uncontested Divorce FAQ

Written in real-world terminology, not legalese, so you don't leave with more questions than you started with.

How Much Does a Divorce Cost in Missouri?

How much does an uncontested divorce cost?

You will be responsible for paying an attorney fee, as well as a filing fee. Attorney fees vary depending on whether children are involved and the complexity of your property and debt distribution, but will generally fall in the $650 to $950 range. The filing fee will usually be $145.

Will I have to go to court?

Almost certainly, no. I have not had the parties to an uncontested case be required to appear in court in four years. I appear in court, of course, in order to file the case and then later to finalize it, but a court appearance is almost certainly not required by either spouse.

Will I Need to Appear in Court for Uncontested Divorce
St. Louis Uncontested Divorce

Do I have to live in St. Louis to use this service?

No, you don't even have to live in the United States. In order to file your divorce in Missouri, I need one party - either you or your spouse - to be a resident of the state. Even if your physical location precludes you from visiting my office, that doesn't prevent us from handling your uncontested divorce quickly and professionally through e-mail, mail, and telephone correspondence.

How long does an uncontested divorce take?

Under two months, some as little as 31 days. I can't control how long it takes the spouses to review the paperwork I have prepared to facilitate their divorce, of course, but once I have all of the signed pleadings in my office, along with the filing fee, you'll be about 45 days away from being divorced. I have completed quite a few "easy" cases (divorces with no children and no property) in less than 35 days from the date I am hired, but the possibility of that speedy of a turnaround has been lessened with the implementation of electronic filing.

How Long Does a Divorce Take in Missouri?
Divorce Lawyer's Role in an Uncontested Divorce

Lawyer's role in an uncontested divorce?

Simply put, my role in your uncontested divorce case is to get you divorced along the terms agreed upon by you and your spouse. I don't help you work those terms out, I don't provide advice as to whether or not your terms are favorable or unfavorable. I will, however, point out when you and your spouse have agreed to something that is impractical or impossible to enforce or live with.

What payment methods do I offer?

Pretty much anything. Checks, money orders, and cash are fine, of course. As for credit/debit cards, I take Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover. Payment can be made in-person, over the phone, or online, through a secure payment link I am able to e-mail you after we've discussed your case and you've received a price quote.

St. Louis Divorce Payment Options
How Long is Missouri's Waiting Period for Divorce and Can it be waived?

How long is Missouri's waiting period?

Missouri's waiting period is thirty days. The waiting period begins when the case is filed, and ends after 30 days have passed. This is calendar days, including weekends and holidays. So if your case is filed with the court on August 1st, for example, the first possible day that the final Judgment could be submitted to the Judge would be August 31st.

Should I use do-it-yourself divorce forms?

In the next section, you will discover why I think do-it-yourself divorce forms are a bad idea. They are time-consuming, confusing, and, in my opinion, they inadequately protect the interests of both parties. When such an easy, reliable, and affordable alternative like my uncontested divorce service is available, there really isn't a good reason not to have your uncontested divorce handled by a seasoned professional.

St. Louis Divorce Forms
Gerald Linnenbringer Standing on some Books about Missouri Divorce

You've only scratched the surface of the information provided by my uncontested divorce F.A.Q.
See the full Missouri Divorce F.A.Q.

Section 1, By the Numbers
Section 3, Past Divorce Client Testimonials
Section 4, Uncontested Divorce Checklists
Section 5, Missouri Uncontested Divorce FAQ
Section 6, Divorce Showdown
Section 7, Uncontested Divorce Process
Section 8, Fees and Expenses for Uncontested Divorce
Section 9, Get Your Uncontested Divorce Started

Three divorce options enter, only one leaves. You've got choices when it comes to proceeding with your divorce. In the next section you'll discover how my uncontested divorce service stacks up against a contested divorce case with two divorce lawyers, as well as how it compares to filing your divorce pro se (without an attorney).

Dare to Compare

Discover why an uncontested divorce through Linnenbringer Law is the universe's best way to divorce.

You have options when it comes to how to handle your divorce. If having your divorce languish in the court for months on end appeals to you, then filing your case pro se or having two attorneys battle it out in a contested case may be the right choice. If you or your spouse have a taste for interrogatories, depositions, court appearances, intrusive discovery motions, and everything else that may come along with a traditional divorce, then a two-attorney (or more) contested case may be right for your situation. If, however, you and your spouse are able to come to the same conclusion that just because a marriage ends in divorce, that does not mean you have to abandon rationality, then consider saving your money, time, and energy by having your divorce handled by an attorney who has made a living by providing two-thousand-plus couples throughout Missouri with high-quality, uncontested divorce services.

St. Louis Divorce Forms

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.

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St. Louis Divorce Attorneys

Two-Attorney Contested Divorces

Some cases simply cannot proceed as uncontested divorces and will generally result in each party retaining a divorce lawyer (or lawyers, depending on the size of the family law firm the party employs). 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: "the generally accepted figure is anwhere from $15,000 to $20,000" ... [source] ... "(parties) who settled all of their issues reported spending an average of $14,500, including $12,200 on attorney's fees" [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.

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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 throughout the process. 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, millions in assets, or no property at all, 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 Missouri divorce 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 five weeks of hiring Linnenbringer Law.

Section 1, By the Numbers
Section 3, Past Divorce Client Testimonials
Section 4, Uncontested Divorce Checklists
Section 5, Missouri Uncontested Divorce FAQ
Section 6, Divorce Showdown
Section 7, Uncontested Divorce Process
Section 8, Fees and Expenses for Uncontested Divorce
Section 9, Get Your Uncontested Divorce Started

I've got the Missouri uncontested divorce process down to a science (if you see this almost exact phrase on a competitor's website, please be aware that it, along with some other language, was taken directly from my site). Since I've started offering my flat-fee divorces, competitors have come and gone, usually thinking that just because a case is uncontested, that it won't require much work (they do).

The Uncontested Divorce Process

Step-by-step rundown of how a Missouri uncontested divorce works when using Linnenbringer Law.

Affordable Missouri Divorce Completed Quickly

1.I need some information.

In order to complete your dissolution paperwork, I need information. Much of the info that I'll need is demographic - names, dates of birth, addresses, etc. In addition, I will need a rundown of your property and debt and, if children are involved, the custody and support arrangements you and your spouse have agreed upon.

How do you provide this necessary information? You can provide this information via an online submission, intake packet, or face-to-face consultation. See the next section, Getting Started, for detailed information on how to get your case started.

2.I need some money.

You'll have to pay in order to get your case started. Work does not begin until an agreed-upon payment is made and your representation has commenced. The exact fee will depend on what sort of information you present me with in step one.

What kind of payment can be used? Pretty much anything. Cash, money order, check, debit or credit (including Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express).

How can payment be made? Payment can be made over the phone, by mail, through a secure online payment link, or, of course, you're welcomed to stop by my office (by appointment only) to make payment in person.

3.I get to work.

I get moving on uncontested divorce cases very quickly. I start without delay and I work fast, all while remaining focused on the quality of your pleadings. Divorces are often fluid things, capable of changing in an instant. If the paperwork is prepared slowly, that provides more time for things to go wrong. I never want a case that could have proceeded through as a quick and amicable divorce to fall apart due to how long it took for me to prepare your paperwork, so I work hard to complete your paperwork quickly.

How long does this step take? Not very long, usually 2 or 3 days, give or take.

Fast and Easy Missouri Divorce

4.You get to work.

The client and their spouse review the scanned documents and the client lets me know what agreed-upon additions, corrections, and revisions are necessary in order for the paperwork to accurately reflect the agreement reached between the spouses. The changes required are generally called or e-mailed in to me, but you're welcomed to stop by the office and chat about the changes as well (by appointment only, please). Please note that there are no additional fees or charges for revisions made to your pleadings.

How long does this step take? How long it takes the client and their spouse to review the paperwork is not in my control, but I make sure the requested edits are completed very quickly.

5.Feedback, Revisions, Signing.

After review and feedback, I make changes to the drafts. Those changes are based on revisions and corrections that you and your spouse have discussed and agreed upon. Once I have completed the revisions, I send updated drafts out for review. Once we have mutually agreeable drafts, we are ready to proceed on to signing.

How long does this step take? Not very long at all. Once I have the "framework" of your paperwork completed, the subsequent revisions and corrections can be done very quickly.

How do we go about signing? Signings can be done in my office or remotely. Signatures will need to be notarized, which I can do here in the office or, if you choose to sign remotely, you'll each need to sign at a bank or some other location that provides notary services.

6.Filing and the waiting period.

Once I have signed paperwork and a filing fee, it's time to file your case. The faster I get the case filed, the faster the 30 day mandatory waiting period begins, the faster I can finalize your case. That being the case, once I have the signed pleadings and filing fee, I file the case as quickly as possible, which 99% of the time is that same day. Once the case is filed, a mandatory 30 day waiting period begins.

How long does this step take? The mandatory thirty day waiting period is, you guessed it, thirty days. This is thirty calendar days, meaning weekends and holidays are included in the countdown. The waiting period cannot be waived or reduced.

Missouri Uncontested Divorce Process

7.Final paperwork is submitted.

In the good old days (about a year ago), at the conclusion of the waiting period, I would appear in court, pull your file, and submit it to the Judge for review. Having that physical court file allowed me to wait for a Judge to be available, and then, once he or she was free, I could hand the file directly to the Judge and then I would then generally have the Judgement signed on the spot. Well, those days after over with the advent of e-filing. Now, at the conclusion of the waiting period, I submit your final paperwork to the Judge online, and it sits in a queue until the Judge gets around to it. E-filing does cut down on the miles I put on my car, but it significantly limits the ability of the attorney to influence the timeline of your case once the final judgment has been submitted.

How long does this step take? This varies greatly from division to division, and depends on the Judge's schedule as well. Some Judges get to the cases submitted to them quicker than others, and some client's files inevitably end up being filed during a particularly busy week or during a trial, which can cause a bit of a delay. On top of that, Judges have lives, go on vacations, and have other judicial responsibilities, such as attending conferences and continuing legal education seminars, which may mean your file is not as addressed as quickly as you (or I) may like.

8.Divorce is final.

Once the Judge reviews and signs off on everything (assuming he or she approves of the terms you and your spouse have agreed on) the divorce is final and complete. The date the Judge signs off is the official date of dissolution. Once I have the news that the case is final and complete, I notify you immediately. You receive a PDF of the final paperwork via e-mail, and you and your ex-spouse receive hardcopies in the mail as well.

How long does this step take? As explained in the previous step's rundown, this part varies quite a bit depending on what division your case is randomly assigned to. Generally speaking though, the Judge reviews the case within a few days of it being submitted. Again, with e-filing, it can take another week (or two, or sometimes three) or so for us to receive the official update and confirmation that the case has been finalized. The length of this wait is dependent mostly on the Judge's clerk. I can give you a pretty good idea as to what kind of wait you will have after I file your case and see what Judge you are randomly assigned.

9.Post-Divorce Clean-Up.

After the divorce is complete, there are often a few things to wrap up. I am not involved with these things, as my representation is complete once the Judge signs off on your dissolution judgment (I'm still available for any questions you may have though, of course). You and your spouse will need to carry out the terms of the Marital Settlement Agreement, including refinancing any loans you have agreed to refinance, and retitling assets you have agreed to retitle. Cash buyouts, if applicable, are paid, and child support and maintenance obligations (again, if applicable) commence. If the wife has requested a restoration of her maiden or former name, she will use the certified judgment, which arrives from the court about a month after the case is final, in order to facilitate that name change with the Social Security Office.

How long does this step take? The settlement agreement and parenting plan will direct the parties as to when maintenance and/or child support obligations commence, as well as how long the parties have to refinance loans, pay cash buyouts, transfer assets, etc. I make sure the pleadings I draft have specific terms, so there isn't ever a question as to if and when some post-dissolution task should be completed. This is important, as it keeps parties from having disputes that, even after the divorce, could cause them to be back in court. For the simplest of cases, ones without children or jointly-titled assets or debts, there is pretty much nothing to do following the divorce being finalized.

Section 1, By the Numbers
Section 3, Past Divorce Client Testimonials
Section 4, Uncontested Divorce Checklists
Section 5, Missouri Uncontested Divorce FAQ
Section 6, Divorce Showdown
Section 7, Uncontested Divorce Process
Section 8, Fees and Expenses for Uncontested Divorce
Section 9, Get Your Uncontested Divorce Started

The key for my business is high volume and low conflict. These attributes allow me to keep fees for my uncontested divorce representation so affordable. The next section explains just how affordable those fees are, and runs down some other costs that may be associated with your uncontested divorce case.

Attorney Fees and Court Costs

Introducing the concept of value to legal services.

Five of the eight most common search terms that lead people to my law office's webpage are price related: "cheap divorce lawyer", "affordable uncontested divorce", "how much does a divorce cost in Missouri", and "cheap uncontested divorce." This should come as no surprise, as everyone knows the cost of a product or service is an important factor when making a purchasing decision. Below you will find the costs associated with filing your uncontested divorce case through me. Please remember, every case is different and your case may have specifics that warrant a slight increase in fees. That being said, once you have contacted me regarding your case and you are provided a fee quote, that fee quote does not change - there are no hidden costs or extra fees and certainly never any hourly billing. You'll know exactly how much your uncontested divorce case will cost you when representation begins.

Attorney Fees for Uncontested Cases

Missouri Only

Legal Separation

Without children from $650
With children from $850

Uncontested Divorce

Without children from $650
With children from $850

Motions to Modify

With or without children from $650
Filing Fees / Court Costs

The only court costs incurred in the course of a dissolution of marriage case is the filing fee, paid at the time your case is filed. Filing fees vary from court to court, but generally fall in the $150 ballpark. St. Louis County, for example, requires a $145 filing fee paid when filing a divorce. Filing fees are not paid to me, they'll be paid directly to the court when we are ready to file your case.


Qualified Domestic Relations Orders (QDROs)

QDROs are billed with flat fees on a case-by-case basis. Why? The fees I quote for drafting QDROs varies greatly depending on the guidelines and sample forms provided by the financial institute that the retirement account is through. My policy is to take a look at those forms and guidelines so I can provide you with a concrete, accurate flat-fee price quote that will not change. Just as with my other services, you will never be billed hourly for QDRO drafting.


What is a QDRO?

A court order that divides a pension, 401(k), or some other qualified investment/retirement account. Basically, the QDRO orders the plan or account holder to take a spouse's account and divide it, creating an alternate account for the ex-spouse. For example, if one spouse has a 401(k) worth $20,000, and the parties wish to divide in 50/50, a QDRO would allow for the division of the account, creating two accounts worth $10,000, one account for each party. This allows the parties to divide these accounts without withdrawing the actual funds and incurring the penalties and taxes associated with an early withdraw. For more information, see the US Department of Labor's explanation of Qualified Domestic Relations Orders.

Section 1, By the Numbers
Section 3, Past Divorce Client Testimonials
Section 4, Uncontested Divorce Checklists
Section 5, Missouri Uncontested Divorce FAQ
Section 6, Divorce Showdown
Section 7, Uncontested Divorce Process
Section 8, Fees and Expenses for Uncontested Divorce
Section 9, Get Your Uncontested Divorce Started

Enough reading, it's time to get moving. The next section will explain the options available to you when the time comes to initiate your Missouri uncontested divorce with Linnenbringer Law. As you'll see, I strive to make the process as fast, easy, and seamless as possible. Indeed, by the time you've submitted information and payment to my office, your paperwork is just a few days away from being signed off on by the parties, out of your hands, and into mine.

Let's Get Started

With Linnenbringer Law, the road to completing your uncontested divorce couldn't be easier.

Step 1: Confirm agreement with spouse.

You have to agree. On everything.

If you have read through this site, it should be evident to you that the first step in an uncontested divorce is to make sure that your divorce is uncontested. If you've taken a look at the Uncontested Divorce Checklists, you have a good idea what issues need to be agreed upon in order for your divorce to fit this system. In short, you've got to agree on everything - the distribution of property, the allocation of debt, and whether spousal support will be paid and, if so, how much. If you and your spouse have children together, you'll need to have an agreement as to child custody, including the visitation schedule, as well as child support arrangements. Both parties must be ready, willing, and able to sign off on the paperwork necessary to facilitate the divorce along the lines you and your spouse have agreed upon.

If you have confirmed that your divorce is truly uncontested, the next step in the process is to provide me with the information I need in order to complete your uncontested divorce paperwork.

Step 2: Two Choices for Providing Information

Intake Packet versus Online Submission.

This is the first fork in the road. You have to make a choice as to how you're going to get me the information I need. In order to handle your uncontested divorce, I have to draft quite a bit of paperwork. In order to draft that paperwork, I need some information. How you provide that information to me, is up to you. Your two options are to complete an Intake Packet or to submit your information online, through my Online Uncontested Divorce Submission Form. Both options get the job done, but the online submission system is probably best for less complex cases. Either way, frequent and quick correspondence following the submission of your information will make sure we've got all the details of your case locked down and accurate.

So, what will it be? Intake packet or Online Submission?

Uncontested Divorce Intake Packet

The intake packet itself contains detailed instructions, but generally, the steps of completing your uncontested divorce through this method is as follows:

  1. + Download the intake packet in whichever file format you prefer;
  2. + Complete the intake packet;
  3. + Once completed, send it to me through e-mail, fax, mail, or hand-delivery;
  4. + That same day, I will review your intake packet and provide you with a price quote;
  5. + If the price quote is acceptable to you, we'll arrange payment in order to initiate representation and start you on your way to a fast and professional uncontested divorce.
Intake Packet Download
Uncontested Divorce Online Submission

Starting your Missouri uncontested divorce online with Linnenbringer Law is easy, here's how it's done:

  1. + Click the below link to access my secure online uncontested divorce submission form;
  2. + Complete the form as per the instructions provided to you as you go;
  3. + Your fee will tally up as you move through the form and, if you choose to finalize things at the end, you'll agree to a few terms of representation and then make payment through a secure link;
  4. + Upon payment being made, I am notified of the submission, and we're off and running. Your online submission will be reviewed and you will be sent a follow-up email with any questions that I may have. Upon receiving this supplemental information, the drafting of your paperwork begins immediately;
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Provide me with completed divorce intake form

Step 3: Providing the Completed Intake Form / Online Submission

Complete intake packets may be submitted via email, fax, mail, or in-person, by appointment.

If you complete your uncontested divorce through my online submission form, this step will be done for you. At the conclusion of that form, you'll simply submit and then move straight on to making payment and getting everything started.

On the other hand, if you fill out an intake packet, you'll need to send me that intake packet so I can take a look and get back to you with a confirmed price (which will be almost always the fees you see quoted on this site). I prefer you email me a PDF of it, but you can also fax it to my office at (314)238-1250, mail it, or hand-deliver it. Please remember, an appointment is required if you wish to meet to discuss your intake packet information. I'm happy to do that though, and there is no charge for the appointment.

With your intake information, I'll give you a price quote or, if the case was submitted online, the system will tally up your total fee.

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Step 4: Make Payment of Attorney Fees

Linnenbringer Law accepts credit/debit, checks, money orders, and cash.

Again, if you're proceeding through the online system, you will be prompted for payment through credit or debit at the conclusion of the form. If you have submitted an intake packet, you'll simply let me know which payment method you prefer. If you'd like to pay online, I will send you a secure payment link via email. You can also pay over the phone, through the mail, or in-person, by appointment only, please.

With your information now submitted and payment having been made, your representation has commenced, so now what?

Steps for Missouri Divorce

Step 5: We get to work

Yes, we, I'm going to need a hand here.

It's fairly rare for me to receive an online submission or intake packet that does not require some degree of clarification here or there. A good amount of information is requested from the parties, so it's completely understandable that a detail or two may be omitted or communicated unclearly. That being the case, if the client makes themselves available for regular communication and feedback, especially through e-mail, the process moves smoother, and the case generally wraps up faster.

The focus of this particular section of the site is to explain how one goes about starting their uncontested divorce. The Uncontested Divorce Process section, above, gives a more overarching view of the entire process. Basically though, from this point, where representation has begun as we're working on your case, the rest goes like this: First, the drafts of your settlement agreement and, if children are involved, your parenting plan, are bounced back and forth until they look just right to both parties. Once both parties are in agreement with how everything is drafted, we proceed to getting everything signed, which can be done remotely or in my office, by appointment only. Once I have everything signed, your parts are essentially done and I take it from there. I file the case immediately, which starts the mandatory 30 day waiting period. At the conclusion of the 30 day waiting period, I submit the final pleadings to the Judge for review. Once the Judge reviews, approves, and signs off, the divorce is final and the case is complete. PDFs of the final paperwork will be distributed via email at that time, as well as hardcopies through regular mail.

Section 1, By the Numbers
Section 3, Past Divorce Client Testimonials
Section 4, Uncontested Divorce Checklists
Section 5, Missouri Uncontested Divorce FAQ
Section 6, Divorce Showdown
Section 7, Uncontested Divorce Process
Section 8, Fees and Expenses for Uncontested Divorce
Section 9, Get Your Uncontested Divorce Started

You've done it. You made it through the entire page and, hopefully, you now have a clearer understanding of how divorce works in Missouri, and how an uncontested divorce through Linnenbringer Law can be an economically beneficial way in which to move through the divorce process. Next, you will find my contact information. I am very easy to get a hold of. You can call my direct office line, my cell, or you can send me an email or text. Whatever works best for you is fine with me. I'm happy to help in whatever way I can, and I hope to hear from you soon.

Missouri Uncontested Divorce Blog

Missouri Divorce Blog

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