Many people call us about uncontested divorces in Fort Bend County and Harris County. An uncontested divorce is one in which the husband and wife have reached, prior to filing for divorce, an agreement on each and every issue that is necessary to craft a decree. Those issues are listed at the bottom of the page. One spouse hires an attorney to represent that spouse in the divorce. The attorney files a Petition for Divorce, which starts the 60 day clock ticking.
The Uncontested Divorce ProcessThe attorney drafts a Decree based on the client’s representation of the agreement. The attorney sends the Petition, the Decree, a Waiver of Citation, and any other closing documents to the other party.
The non-client spouse should take the Decree, Waiver and other documents to his or her own attorney for review. If the non-client spouse agrees with the Decree and other documents, that spouse should sign where indicated, get notarized where indicated, then return the fully executed documents to the petitioner’s attorney.
The petitioner’s attorney appears in court with the Client to “prove up” the divorce and to ask the judge to sign the Decree. The divorce is final when the Decree is signed by the judge.
If you and your spouse have agreed on an uncontested divorce in Fort Bend or Harris County, please call our office at (281) 503-7373 to get the process started.
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These are the issues that are necessary to craft a divorce decree in an Uncontested Divorce:
Child Sharing Arrangement
- legal parenting (sole or joint custody)
- geographical restriction
- possession and visitation (monthly schedule, holidays & vacations)
- if visitation over 100 miles, who pays travel expenses
- amount of child support
- who pays
- who provides and who pays for medical insurance
- who pays uninsured medical expenses
- obligation of estate
- separate property
- homestead (value, sold or who gets it & security)
- pension, profit-sharing, retirement, or 401k plans (value & how to divide)
- other property (stocks, bonds, bank accounts, IRAs, other real estate, vehicles, household, furniture & fixtures)
- how shared or who pays
Tax Exemptions for Children
- who gets deduction or how divided
Filing Taxes in Last Year of Marriage
- how to handle liability or refund
- any equalizing payment owed by one to the other after property division
- how responsibility is apportioned
Other : issues unique to parties
If you have questions about an uncontested divorce, please call our office at (281) 503-7373 to arrange an appointment with Vonda or Jamie. Or you can email us a request for an appointment using our contact form.