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Preparing for Your Uncontested Divorce: A Checklist

At The Betz Law Firm, we understand it’s essential to approach the process prepared and informed, even in the most amicable separations. Following this checklist can help ensure the process goes smoothly.

Going through a divorce is undoubtedly a challenging experience. However, preparing correctly can make the process smoother and more straightforward. If you and your spouse have agreed to an uncontested divorce in Missouri, it means you’re willing to work together to dissolve your marriage without a lengthy court battle. This path not only saves time and money but also spares you from unnecessary stress.

Understanding the Importance of Preparation

In an uncontested divorce, both parties agree on critical issues such as asset division, child custody, and support, paving the way for a more amicable and efficient legal process. However, the foundation of such an agreement lies in comprehensive preparation and open communication.

Here’s a checklist to help you prepare for your uncontested divorce, ensuring the process is as smooth and efficient as possible:

  • Gather Financial Documents – Financial transparency is critical in any divorce proceeding. Begin by collecting all financial documents, including but not limited to:
    • Bank statements
    • Credit card statements
    • Tax returns (last three years)
    • Pay stubs
    • Investment accounts
    • Retirement accounts
    • Property valuations (real estate, vehicles, etc.)

A significant part of this preparation involves taking stock of all marital assets and debts and creating a clear inventory that includes everything from real estate and vehicles to household items and debts. This meticulous accounting ensures that nothing is overlooked in the division process.

  • Inventory Assets and Debts – Make a comprehensive list of all marital assets and debts. This includes everything acquired during the marriage, regardless of whose name is on the title or account. Remember to include:
    • Real estate
    • Vehicles
    • Furniture and household items
    • Electronics
    • Art and collectibles
    • Mortgages
    • Loans
    • Credit card debts
  • Determine Living Arrangements – Decide where each party will live during and after the divorce process. If you own a home together, consider whether one party will stay if you sell the house or if other arrangements will be made.
  • Plan for Children – If you have children, their well-being is paramount. Discuss and agree upon:
    • Custody arrangements (physical and legal)
    • Visitation schedules
    • Child support
    • Educational and healthcare decisions
  • Consider Spousal Support – If applicable, discuss the need, duration, and amount of spousal support (alimony). Factors typically considered include the length of the marriage, each spouse’s financial status, and contributions to the marriage.

Consult with a Divorce Attorney

Even in uncontested divorces, legal guidance is invaluable. A divorce attorney can ensure that your rights are protected, the agreement is fair, and all legal procedures are correctly followed. At The Betz Law Firm, we specialize in uncontested divorces and can help streamline your process. We aim to ensure that each client moves forward confidently, backed by a fair and comprehensive divorce agreement and the assurance of having navigated the process with the best possible guidance and support.

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