Fresno Uncontested Divorce
If you want a fast divorce in Fresno, California, you may want to consider hiring a Fresno uncontested divorce lawyer. Filing an uncontested divorce in Fresno can help you avoid going to court and save thousands of dollars in attorney fees and legal costs.
Below is an overview on what you can expect in a Fresno uncontested divorce and how our divorce lawyer can help you. Take our California Uncontested Divorce eCourse before you start the divorce process. Read on to learn more.
What is a Fresno Uncontested Divorce?
An uncontested divorce means you and your spouse have settled all of your divorce issues. For example, if you have children, you and your spouse have agreed to a child custody, support, and visitation plan. It also means you and your spouse have agreed on how to divide your marital assets and debts. Essentially, an uncontested divorce means you and your spouse have no issues regarding your divorce that need to be decided by a judge.
Fresno County Uncontested Divorce Residency Requirement
In order to file an uncontested divorce in Fresno, you or your spouse must have resided in California for at least six months (including three months within the county in which you file for divorce). If you do not meet California’s divorce residency requirements, you may want to consider filing for legal separation. This will allow you to obtain support orders and divide your assets and debts while you wait to terminate your marital status.
Fresno Divorce Location
All divorce matters in Fresno County are heard at the B.F. Sisk Courthouse located at 1130 O St. If your divorce is uncontested, you can avoid making court appearances. You will work with a Fresno uncontested divorce lawyer to prepare the forms you need to file for divorce, prepare and serve your financial disclosure, and draft a marital settlement agreement or default divorce judgment forms.
Fresno County Uncontested Divorce Process
The following forms must be completed (along with any local court forms) and filed with the court to start the uncontested divorce process in Fresno:
- FL 100 — here is a video on how to prepare FL 100.
- FL 105 — here is a video on how to prepare FL 105 — this form is to be completed if you have children.
- FL 110 — here is a video on how to prepare FL 110.
Check the court’s website to see which Fresno local divorce forms you need to complete. Once the above documents are filed with the court, you will need to complete your California financial disclosure. You will need to complete the following forms if your spouse intends to file a response:
To prepare financial disclosure, you must complete the following documents:
- Income & Expense Declaration (FL-150)
- Schedule of Assets and Debts (FL-142) *Uncontested Divorce Only
- Declaration of Disclosure (FL-140)
- Declaration Regarding Service of Declaration of Disclosure and Income
and Expense Declaration (FL-141)
Your spouse must also prepare a financial disclosure if you enter into a written marital settlement agreement. You will need to have someone over the age of 18 that is not a party to your divorce to serve your spouse with the documents referenced above.
Your spouse will have 30-days to file a response to the divorce with the court. If your spouse does not respond, you can request a true default judgment or a default with an agreement judgment. Completing the final judgment paperwork can be complicated if you have extensive assets and debts and need child custody and support orders. Work with an uncontested divorce lawyer to complete your divorce. Doing so will help reduce the likelihood of making a mistake on your divorce paperwork and needing a post-judgment modification.
Fresno Uncontested Divorce FAQs
How much does it cost to file for divorce in Fresno?
Per the County of Fresno court fee schedule, it cost $435 to file for a divorce. The respondent must also pay this court filing fee upon filing a response to the divorce petition with the court. You may qualify for a fee waiver if you meet the court’s low income requirements.
How much does it cost to hire a uncontested divorce lawyer in Fresno?
Uncontested divorce costs range from $1,500 to $5,000. The amount you will pay for your uncontested divorce will depend on how complex your marital estate is and if your attorney needs to prepare child custody and support and spousal support orders. Check out our California uncontested divorce pricing schedule to see how much money your Fresno uncontested divorce may costs.
How long does it take to get a divorce in Fresno, California?
The soonest your marital status can be terminated in Fresno, California is six months from the date your spouse is served with the court summons and dissolution of marriage petition. Thus, it usually takes 8 – 10 months to complete the divorce process in Fresno. This includes time for you to prepare the divorce petition, serve your spouse, wait for a response, and prepare final judgment paperwork.
SD Esquire Flat Fee Divorce Service
SD Esquire provides flat fee uncontested divorce services. We will prepare the legal documents you need to file for and complete your divorce. This includes preparing and filling your divorce petition, completing your financial disclsoures, and drafting your marital settlement agreement (MSA). Our uncontested flat fee divorce service starts at $1500 for ssummary dissolution (you are responsible for paying court filling fees). The fee also includes service of process fees. You can make installment payments as your case progresses. It costs $500 to start your matter. Sign up today to get started.