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An agreed divorce is just that:   a divorce where all the issues are agreed upon by both parties.     An agreed divorce is not possible if your spouse will not sign the documents, if there are conflicts with respect to issues of property or children or if the current whereabouts of your spouse are unknown.
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The Process

We realize this is a very difficult time in your life and do all we can to try to make the process as fast and painless as possible.

The process begins with an agreed divorce packet, which can be either emailed or mailed to you for your convenience.   You are also welcome to stop by our office to pick one up during business hours.  

 

The packet includes an overview that explains the process, the agreed divorce questionnaire, and an Engagement Agreement.  The Engagement Agreement serves as your contract with the attorney.  The "With Children" packet also includes a parenting plan. 

 

Once you’ve completed the questionnaire, sign the Engagement Agreement and return those documents along with the attorney’s fees to our office, it typically takes only a week for your documents to be prepared.   The documents then will need to be signed in front of a Notary by both you and your spouse.   This can be done in our office, either together, or at different times, or the documents can be mailed to your spouse for their signatures.

 

After being notarized, we file them with the court.   From that point, there is a mandatory waiting period of 60-days if no children are involved, or 90-days if there are children from this marriage.   At the end of the waiting period, you'll have a very un-intimidating court appearance that lasts approximately 5 minutes.

Fees

If no children are involved, the attorney's fee is $250 and the court costs are $232.50. If there are children under the age of 18 from this marriage, the attorney's fee is a flat rate of $350 and the court costs are $307.50. The attorney's fee includes preparation of the divorce documents, the Parenting Plan, the child support worksheet, and representation on your court date.

There are no hidden costs or additional charges if you own property or have debts or for changing back to a maiden name.  The attorney fees can be made in payments but need to be paid before the documents are filed.  The court costs are due when you sign, as your paperwork is then ready to be submitted to the court.


Please note, that once we begin to prepare your documents, our fee is nonrefundable whether or not you decide to go proceed with the divorce.  There is a fee of $25 for changing the documents once they have been completed, and there is a $25 charge to prepare and file an Order of Dismissal if you decide not to go through with the divorce after the documents are filed with the court.

 

 

Our office is conveniently located in downtown Knoxville in the First Tennessee Plaza on the 11th floor.   Our physical address is:

800 South Gay Street, Suite 1100
Knoxville, Tennessee   37929

Feel free to call our offices with questions at 865-546-1484 or on the office cell at 865-765-8765.

You can request your questionnaire or contact us at
mcolemanlaw@bellsouth.net 
 
(PLEASE INDICATE IF THERE ARE CHILDREN UNDER 18 FROM THIS MARRIAGE OR IF THERE IS A CURRENT PREGNANCY WHEN REQUESTING THE QUESTIONNAIRE)



Our office also can help you in these areas:

Estates and Probate
Wills and Trusts
Business Law
Tax Law
DUI
Personal Injury
Criminal


Please visit   www.colemanlawknoxville.com for more information