Divorce Express

The Contested Divorce

Begin At Any Stage of the Process

You can enter the Divorce Express process at any point, even if you have already mediated elsewhere without success.

Spouse Won't Cooperate?

If your spouse/"other"is unwilling to participate in the Divorce Express process, you can benefit by advice from Divorce  Express and/or its Parenting Consultants.

Attorney's Welcome

At any stage of the process, each of you can and should consult an attorney.

The First Steps

Contact

Contact Divorce Express by telephone, E-mail or via the Divorce Express Website.

Agreeement

After Consultation with one of our Coordinators, sign an Agreement with Divorce Express and pay the required fee.

Instruction

The Divorce Express Coordinator immediately provides each of you with the Divorce Express Introductory and Instructional Materials. These generally consist of the following:

Disclosure Agreement

Detailed History and Information Sheet.

Statement of Earnings

Statement of Assets and Liabilities

Statement of Monthly Family Expenses

(a) When last residing  together and

(b) Anticipated after separation.

Communicate With Coordinator

After you thoroughly and honestly complete the requested information, you submit it to our Coordinator, usually within thirty days.  During that thirty days, the Coordinator will  be available to answer your questions.

Summary

When the information is submitted to the Coordinator, the  Coordinator will review and analyze the sufficiency of the information and immediately provide copies of each submission to both of you.

The Next Step –The Analyst

Select

You choose the Analyst you prefer to use. The Coordinator will guide you through this process.

Schedule

The Coordinator promptly schedules your meeting with the chosen Analyst.

Summary

The Coordinator presents a summary of the data which has been collected, both financial and otherwise, with any supplements you wish to add, to the Analyst. 

Meet

You then meet with the Analyst, who will give you an informed and expert opinion about the range of likely outcomes in your case, the time it would take, and the amount it might cost.

Decisions

If the parties are able to reach an agreement at that point, the Analyst will recommend a course of action to resolve the remaining differences. This may include mediation and/or arbitration.

The Analyst will refer the matter back to our coordinator.

Next Steps-Mediation and Arbitration

Select

If you have not reached an agreement on all of the issues, you will  choose a Mediator you prefer to use. The Coordinator wll guide you through this process.            

Schedule

The Coordinator promptly schedules your meeting with the chosen Mediator.

Plan

If, after mediation, you have not reached an agreement on all of the issues, you will  choose the Arbitrator you prefer to use. The Coordinator will guide you through this

process.

The Final Steps

Settlement Agreements

At any stage of this process, when the parties reach an agreement on all or some of the issues, a signed and notarized Settlement Agreement will be prepared. This can  be done by the attorney for one of the participants, or it can be done by an attorney or attorneys in the Divorce Express Network as selected separately by the individual participants.

Finalizing The Divorce

When the process is complete, whether by means of a marital Settlement Agreement or a decision from an Arbitrator, a Complaint for Divorce must then be filed in the Circuit Court having jurisdiction over the marriage in question.  The hearing on an “Uncontested Divorce” is quite simple.  It can be done “pro se” [without counsel for either participant], or it can be done if one or both participants  have counsel. That can be counsel of the participants  own choosing or, upon request, Divorce Express will provide names of attorneys in the Divorce Express Network.

At All Steps

Retaining An Attorney

At all stages of this process, either participant may wish to retain their own attorney.  Divorce Express encourages each participant to do so. In the alternative, either participant may wish to consult with an attorney to evaluate what they have been hearing and/or what they are considering in an agreement. This would involve a much narrower role than attorneys play in the traditional legal system. However, it is no less important. Divorce Express encourages that kind of consultation. It is not, however, mandatory. Divorce Express respects whatever decision  participants  make in that regard.

How Long?

Divorce Express makes no guarantees about how long this process will take. There are too many variables to make an accurate prediction. However, if Steps 1-9 have are completed expeditiously, your divorce can be finalized within 6 months.

How Much Will It Cost?

Cost is $1000.00 for the “Financial Analysis”—plus whatever costs are incurred for appraisals:  The process is done by you (with whatever assistance you choose to avail yourself of as you go)….with the process coordinated by the Divorce Express Coordinator.

 

 

 

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