An uncontested divorce is a divorce in which the parties have agreed upon all issues including the child related issues of custody, parenting time, child support, tax exemption allocation, medical insurance and uninsured medical expenses for the children, and property division issues of real estate, retirement accounts, bank accounts, vehicles, stocks, investments, and all debts, mortgages, student loans, etc. The fee varies on a case by case basis, fees are a lower cost when the divorce is uncontested. There may be an additional fee ($50.00 per person) for attendance at the COPE seminar if there are children of the marriage. When we are hired for an uncontested divorce we represent only one of the parties. We draft all the necessary documents including the petition for dissolution of marriage, summons, appearance, family law information form and the settlement agreement. The settlement agreement is generally drafted after the petition for dissolution of marriage has been filed. In Indiana, parties cannot be divorced until 60 days after the petition for dissolution is filed. The signed settlement agreement is generally filed with the court before the expiration of the 60 day time period so that the court can then issue the Decree of Marriage Dissolution on the 60th day.
No court hearings are necessary if the parties sign a settlement agreement that resolves all issues of their divorce.