Affordable Uncontested Divorce Attorneys in Memphis
We will not be the cheapest lawyer you can find for an uncontested divorce, but we will be sure your case is handled efficiently, properly, and as quickly as possible.
Experience You Can Trust in the Memphis Metropolitan Area, North Mississippi, & West Tennessee
The attorneys at Dowden, Worley, Jewell & Olswing, PLLC recognize that not every divorce has to be complicated, litigious, or expensive. Sometimes, spouses settle all aspects of the dissolution of their marriage between themselves and just want to get the divorce done and over with without incurring excessive attorney fees. At the same time, we also recognize that people want quality service and representation that some attorneys just cannot provide at reduced rates. If you desire to obtain an affordable, uncontested divorce, we are here to help you achieve that goal.
We can only represent one spouse in a divorce; ethically, no lawyer can represent both spouses in a divorce. We can, however, prepare the paperwork that conforms to applicable state and local laws as to uncontested divorces and have these documents ready for you and your spouse to sign. If we represent you in a divorce, we will never meet with or speak to your spouse, but your spouse can come to our office and sign documents in front of a notary public. All signatures on Marital Dissolution Agreements and Permanent Parenting Plans must be notarized.
In Tennessee, there is a waiting period of 60 days for people who do not have children. If you have children, the waiting period is 90 days before you can be divorced. What that means is: You have to wait 60 or 90 days from the date the divorce is filed before the divorce can be granted.
It is important for you to know that an affordable uncontested divorce must be truly “uncontested.” That means ALL issues between you and your spouse have been agreed upon, including the following:
- Which spouse gets which bank accounts or money in the accounts?
- Who gets which cars and who pays for the cars?
- Who gets the house? How much equity is in the house? Who will pay the note? How long does the spouse getting the house have to refinance the house (if necessary)? Is one spouse paying the other a share of the equity? If so, how much and when?
- How are the retirement and/or investment accounts to be divided?
- If you have children, what will the parenting schedule be (including during holidays and school breaks)?
- Will alimony or spousal support be paid? If so, how much and for how long?
- If you have children, what are each of your incomes? Who pays health insurance for the children, and how much does it cost? How much does childcare cost?
- If you have children, who will make major decisions for the children? The “major” decisions for the children that have to be in the Parenting Plan are non-emergency health care decisions, religious upbringing decisions, extra-curricular activities decisions, and educational decisions.
At your first meeting with one of our attorneys, you will be required to sign a retainer agreement, pay a retainer fee, and be given a list of all documents we need to prepare the divorce paperwork. After we have prepared the paperwork with the information given to us by you, you and your spouse will have to sign the documents. At that point, you will be required to pay the court costs and filing fees.
Your retainer fee will cover the cost of a 30-minute consultation, the drafting of the Marital Dissolution Agreement, the drafting of the Permanent Parenting Plan and child support worksheet (if you have children), the filing of the parenting class seminar certificate (if you have children), the filing of the insurance notice, the preparation of the Final Decree of Divorce, and appearance in court (if required) for entry of the Final Decree of Divorce and Permanent Parenting Plan. If you or your spouse have retirement accounts that must be divided, a special court order called a Qualified Domestic Relations Order (QDRO) will be required; if there is a house or real property to be quit claimed, a quit claim deed will have to be prepared as well. These documents are necessary and will be charged for individually by your attorney in addition to the retainer fee.
If you and your spouse have agreed on a divorce and have worked out a settlement, give us a call and speak to one of our attorneys about an affordable uncontested divorce.
If you and your spouse disagree on any issues after you have retained Dowden, Worley, Jewell & Olswing, PLLC for uncontested divorce, you will have to proceed on as a contested divorce with different terms and payments. Your attorney will discuss this with you in the initial consultation, and the terms will be in your retainer agreement.
The attorneys at Dowden, Worley, Jewell & Olswing, PLLC have the knowledge and experience to represent you in an affordable uncontested divorce. We will handle your case from start to finish and prepare all the divorce paperwork at an affordable rate. We can do this because we have the knowledge, experience, and ability.
We take the time to properly evaluate your goals and your situation. We strategize and look at creative solutions to resolve your legal situation in order to achieve the best possible outcome. We aim to achieve optimal results for you within the bounds of our ethics and the law. We are problem solvers.
We like people and we like communicating with people. We will not avoid communicating with you or opposing counsel. We will provide guidance and communication throughout your entire case to make sure you are informed. Many times, our lawyers and our entire staff will know your name and your situation. We work closely with each other in the office and share ideas, theories and we discuss the law and changes in the law on a regular basis. We will communicate with you about the possible outcomes in your situation so that you can make an informed decision.
We are a diverse group of lawyers who work hard, but who are also very family oriented. We believe this is what helps us to better understand the impact your legal decisions will make on your life. We each strive to achieve a healthy work/life balance as this makes us better lawyers.