Thursday, January 10, 2013

Can you file for an uncontested divorce in Missouri without an attorney?

DIY Divorce Forms vs. Uncontested Divorce Representation

Yes, you can file your uncontested divorce in Missouri pro se (without an attorney).  I'll even provide a link to those forms:

If you choose to file without an attorney, Missouri Supreme Court Rule 88.09 requires that you complete a litigant awareness program.  You and your spouse will both need to take the course, and each of will need to bring your certificate of completion to your court date.  Yes, at least one court appearance will be required if you choose to file yourself.

This and other information can be found in the 8-page pro se divorce instructional pamphlet that is provided by St. Louis County Family Court.  Further instructions and information can be found throughout the 70-pages of Dissolution of Marriage pro se forms.  After you graduate from your Litigant Awareness Program, study the 8-page detailed-instructions pamphlet, and complete the 70-pages of forms, you'll be ready to head to the court to file your case.  Make sure everything is correct, as one mistake could cause the case to be dismissed or lead to an outcome you and your spouse did not intend.

Alternatively, if you would like an attorney to handle your uncontested divorce case from start to finish at a reasonable rate, and allow you to avoid any litigant awareness classes and/or court appearances, please feel free to give me a call or shoot me an email.

Further information regarding uncontested divorce can be found on my website's Missouri Uncontested Divorce FAQ.

Thank you for reading. Please feel free to contact me for more information.

Gerald W. Linnenbringer, Missouri Uncontested Divorce Attorney