Uncontested Divorce Lawyer
Call a Baton Rouge Divorce Attorney: (225) 283-1374
An uncontested divorce is one in which both spouse can respectfully come to an agreement over the various terms of the divorce contract. In general, uncontested divorces are faster and simpler than contested divorces, because there is no need for lengthy legal proceedings and the associated higher costs.
That being said, an uncontested divorce is simpler than a contested divorce only if you complete the process correctly. If your divorce agreement fails to clearly detail all aspects of the divorce, you could leave your rights vulnerable, or find that your uncontested divorce is invalid in court. You deserve to have a skilled legal professional to help you avoid common pitfalls and quickly move forward.
Why Choose This Divorce Attorney?
Here are a few good reasons to choose our divorce lawyer:
- Experienced, one-on-one legal support
- Individualized & creative solutions
- Free case review to go over your legal options
The Layfield Law Firm has helped many people throughout Louisiana in their divorce cases. Beau Layfield understands that many divorces are far from amicable and may require complex litigation to resolve. However, he also knows a great number of divorces are capable of being settled agreeably, leaving both spouses satisfied with their post-separation arrangement. His goal is to help you navigate your divorce proceedings for your best interest and maximize the likelihood of an uncontested separation.
The Uncontested Divorce Process in Baton Rouge
If you are represented by a proven lawyer in your uncontested divorce, this will simplify the process, making for an outcome that is surprisingly quick and easy. In a nutshell, an uncontested divorce will often go as follows:
- At least one must spouse has to have resided in Louisiana for six months or more
- Prepare and file your divorce agreement that clearly delineates the terms of alimony, custody, support, etc.
- Attend the divorce court hearing where your divorce is swiftly approved and finalized
If you and your spouse are seeking a divorce, and have agreed upon the various issues related to your separation, contact a capable divorce attorney to help you expedite your petition approval.
Take the first step to finding trusted legal counsel today! The firm offers a free case evaluation to all prospective clients in the Baton Rouge area. Contact our family law firm today to request yours: (225) 283-1374.
As a business owner trying to juggle responsibilities with my clients and in my business, it was important to find someone who understood the value of my time while helping me navigate me through a difficult divorce.- Former Client
I contacted him initially because The Layfield Law Firm website specifically listed "uncontested divorce" within the areas of practice.- Former Client
During this process, there were times when I became so frustrated that I wanted to give up. Beau always brought me back to reality and made suggestions to assist with my concerns.- Former Client
Hopefully I won't need a lawyer in the future, but if I do, I am calling Mr Layfield.- Former Client
Is adoption a long process?
Each adopted child has different circumstances. There are several types of adoptions that could take place, including a stepparent adoption, a private adoption or a standard adoption. Each has its own specific challenges. With the help of my firm, we will speed the process through the system as quickly as we can so that you can begin your new family and move forward with starting life together.
Do I have to go to court in order to obtain a divorce?
Filing divorce papers with a court is the only way you will obtain a legal separation from your spouse. This applies to any other form of legal separation, including a marriage annulment. Aside from the divorce decree itself, a court is able to assist in settling other matters related to divorce, which include child custody and the distribution of marital assets.
How long will the divorce process take?
The length of your divorce proceedings will depend on different factors, which include how long it takes to serve divorce papers to your spouse, whether your spouse is willing to waive their rights to service and notice of trial, whether you have minor children from the marriage and legal delays. Typically, it will take 20 to 40 days to receive a divorce judgment from the court after papers have been served. If your spouse decides to waive his or her rights to service and notice of trial, the judgment can come swiftly. It is important to note that a judgment does not become finalized until the 30-day "appeals" window has ended.
Another important point to note is that you must be living separately from your spouse for six months (or longer if there are minor children from the marriage) before being able to file a petition, unless there are extenuating circumstances, such as your spouse committed a felony. Securing an attorney for legal representation may result in your divorce process being resolved much faster than you attempting to navigate the proceedings on your own.
Do I need a lawyer in a personal injury claim?
Insurance company studies show that those who have legal representation in their case recover an average of 3.5 times more than those who try to get the issue resolved on their own. Insurance companies do not like to pay out large settlements, and frequently move fast with an offer, within days of a car accident or other serious injury accident. If you accept this early offer, it can be a terrible mistake; you may later require more medical treatment, or not recover in the expected amount of time, or could experience complications. I will carefully evaluate your injury case and ensure that we are pursuing every type of damage that could be claimed in your case. It is very important that you have legal counsel that will protect your right to fair compensation, and I will fight for fair treatment for you and your family. A personal injury lawyer is imperative if you suffered serious injuries. I am a Louisiana attorney that is interested in helping your resolve these issues.
How will child support be calculated?Child support is calculated differently depending on the state one resides in, but the general factors taken into consideration by the court when calculating payments include:
- the standard of living of the child prior to the divorce;
- the ability to pay of the parent giving child support;
- the specific needs of the child, including their food, clothing, and educational costs; and
- the needs and income of the custodial parent (the parent with primary custody of the child).