Flat fee divorce is available to clients who want certainty about the costs involved and believe they can reach an amicable resolution of all issues. If you and your spouse have reached an agreement on the major issues of your divorce, a flat fee divorce is a good solution.
These are the issues that you and your spouse should agree to before considering this option:
- Do you agree that you should divorce?
- Do you agree on how to divide all your property, and your debts?
- Do you have all the information you need to identify your property and debts?
- If you have minor children, do you agree on where the children will primarily live?
- Do you also agree on a parenting time schedule for both parents?
- Do you agree on the issue of child support—whether either parent should pay and how much should be paid?
If you can answer yes to these questions, then a flat fee divorce may be right for you. The experienced family attorneys at Key Law Office can help you, during your initial consultation, decide whether it is the best solution.
In handling a case like this, we will work hard to help you complete your divorce quickly, control costs, and minimize the disruption in your life that comes with divorce.
Here’s what to expect during the process:
- You will meet with one of our experienced attorneys to gather all necessary information and to reach a detailed agreement about the fixed fee.
- We will file a Petition for Divorce with the court and prepare a Waiver of Service for your spouse’s signature.
- During the sixty-day waiting period before the divorce can be finalized, we will prepare an Agreed Decree of Divorce, which will include details about the division of your property and the issues related to the children.
- After you both have signed the Agreed Decree, and after sixty days have passed, you will be scheduled to appear in court with one of our attorneys to finalize your divorce.
Other things you need to know about the flat fee divorce process:
- The amount of the fixed fee will depend on whether you have minor children and how much property you have to divide. But the fee will be set in advance. It will include all attorney fees and court fees to finalize your divorce–there will be no additional or hidden fees.
- The attorneys at Key Law Office will not be representing both you and your spouse. We will represent you. Your spouse may represent himself or herself or may hire their own attorney.
- During the process, if you and your spouse cannot agree and your divorce becomes contested, a new payment agreement will be required. Any unearned fees from your flat fee payment will be credited towards a retainer to proceed with litigation or will be refunded to you.