Orlando Uncontested Divorce Lawyers
A More Time & Cost-Effective Method to Divorce
Divorce isn’t always how it looks on TV. Dissolving your marriage doesn’t have to involve a protracted, expensive court battle (at least not for all couples). In fact, the more you and your spouse can agree on, the smoother your divorce will be.
Am I Eligible to Get an Uncontested Divorce?
For those rare couples who have no disagreements about the terms of their divorce, it can be a relatively quick and simple process. Couples who meet the following criteria may be eligible for a simplified dissolution of marriage (also known as “uncontested divorce”):
- Relatively short marriage: This is less of a requirement and more of a practicality. If you have been married more than a few years, you and your spouse likely have shared assets and will require the kind of nuanced dissolution of marriage that uncontested divorce proceedings simply do not offer. An uncontested divorce is more likely to be a good fit for couples who have been married for a short amount of time.
- No children: This includes unborn children and children who are 18 or under. Having dependent children necessitates negotiation and a child custody hearing, which automatically makes your divorce more complex. Even if you and your spouse are on the same page when it comes to your parenting agreement and child custody, uncontested divorce probably isn’t for you.
- No alimony necessary: If either you or your spouse requires spousal support either during or after divorce for any amount of time, the process of uncontested divorce does not include negotiating or establishing court-ordered support payments. Even if you agree on who will receive alimony, how long they will receive it, and how much they will receive, establishing alimony as part of your divorce decree requires more than the simplified marriage dissolution process can offer.
- Both of you want a simplified divorce: You can only pursue uncontested divorce if both you and your spouse agree that the marriage is beyond repair, that it should be dissolved, and that simplified dissolution of marriage is the best path forward. If there is disagreement on any of these fronts, you will need extra help.
Process of Uncontested Divorce
The process of simplified divorce is, as you might think, quite simple. You, your spouse, and your attorney(s) must first complete a Petition for Simplified Dissolution. Then, you must file the petition in the court where you, your spouse, or both of you currently live. (If you are seeking an uncontested divorce in Florida, at least one of you must have been a Florida resident for 6 months or more.)
After filing, you must establish a time to meet together with your respective divorce attorneys and complete a written settlement in which you hash out the details of your divorce. At this point, you may find that you and your spouse do not have the mutual understanding you thought, in which case it is very important to involve an attorney and get help negotiating your terms so that your divorce can remain as amicable as possible. Otherwise, assuming your enduring concurrence, you and your spouse can go on to complete a Final Judgement of Simplified Dissolution of Marriage with your attorney(s).
Shortly after you have completed and filed all the important paperwork, Florida law requires that you and your spouse go before a judge. During your hearing, the judge will verify that one of you has been a Florida resident for 6 months or more. Then, if you and your spouse have not completed an official settlement agreement together by that point, you may present the terms of your agreement together and the judge will review them.
Benefits of an Uncontested Divorce in Florida
An uncontested divorce in Florida, like in many other states, offers several benefits for couples seeking to end their marriage amicably and efficiently.
Here are some of the advantages of pursuing an uncontested divorce in Florida:
- Cost-Effective: Uncontested divorces are generally less expensive than contested ones. Since both parties agree on the terms of the divorce, there is less need for lengthy court proceedings and legal battles, which can be costly.
- Faster Resolution: Uncontested divorces typically move through the legal process more quickly than contested divorces. With fewer disputes to resolve, you can finalize your divorce and move on with your life more swiftly.
- Reduced Stress: The cooperative nature of uncontested divorces can significantly reduce the emotional and psychological stress associated with divorce. It allows both spouses to maintain a more amicable relationship during and after the divorce.
- Privacy: Uncontested divorces often involve fewer court appearances and less public scrutiny, preserving your privacy and keeping sensitive personal information out of the public record.
- Control Over the Outcome: In an uncontested divorce, both spouses have greater control over the final divorce settlement. They can work together to reach agreements on important issues like property division, child custody, alimony, and child support, rather than having a judge make these decisions for them.
- Customization: Uncontested divorces allow couples to craft their own divorce agreements that best suit their unique circumstances. This can lead to more tailored and mutually satisfactory arrangements.
- Minimal Court Involvement: In some cases, uncontested divorces can be handled through paperwork and without the need for a courtroom appearance, making the process even more streamlined.
- More Amicable Co-Parenting: When spouses can reach amicable agreements, it can lead to better co-parenting relationships, which can be particularly important when children are involved.
- Less Emotional Strain on Children: Children often suffer less emotional trauma when their parents can maintain a civil and cooperative relationship during a divorce. Uncontested divorces can help reduce the negative impact on children.
- Lower Legal Fees: With fewer legal disputes and less back-and-forth between attorneys, you can save on legal fees, making the divorce process more affordable.
Call 800-822-5170 for Help Getting an Uncontested Divorce in FL
Even in the simplest of divorces, legal counsel is invaluable and essential. Hiring an Orlando uncontested divorce lawyer like The Virga Law Firm, P.A. to handle your uncontested divorce can offer numerous benefits.
Here are some advantages of working with us:
- Expertise and Experience: Our team of skilled attorneys at The Virga Law Firm, P.A. has extensive experience in handling uncontested divorces in Orlando, Florida. We are well-versed in the state's divorce laws, procedures, and requirements. This expertise can be invaluable in ensuring that your divorce is handled efficiently and in compliance with all legal regulations.
- Legal Guidance: We can provide you with legal guidance throughout the divorce process, helping you understand your rights and responsibilities. This includes explaining the implications of various decisions related to property division, alimony, child custody, and child support, allowing you to make informed choices that are in your best interests.
- Document Preparation: Our firm can assist with the preparation and filing of all necessary legal documents, which can be complex and time-consuming. We ensure that all paperwork is completed accurately and in accordance with Florida law, reducing the risk of delays or issues.
- Protection of Your Interests: While your divorce may be uncontested, it's still important to ensure that your interests are protected. We can help you negotiate fair and equitable agreements regarding asset division, spousal support, and child-related matters, making sure you aren't disadvantaged by the process.
- Conflict Resolution: In uncontested divorces, even amicable couples may encounter disputes or disagreements. Our legal expertise allows us to help resolve such conflicts efficiently and without the need for contentious courtroom battles. We can mediate and negotiate on your behalf to reach mutually agreeable solutions.
- Minimized Stress: By entrusting your uncontested divorce to us, you can reduce the stress and emotional strain often associated with divorce proceedings. We handle the legal aspects, allowing you to focus on your well-being and moving forward with your life.
- Court Representation: Although uncontested divorces typically involve fewer court appearances, having legal representation can be beneficial. We can represent you in court to ensure that your interests are protected and that all necessary paperwork is presented to the judge for final approval.
- Timely Resolution: Our legal expertise and efficient handling of paperwork can expedite the divorce process, allowing you to reach a resolution more quickly than if you were handling it on your own.
- Peace of Mind: Knowing that your divorce is being handled by a reputable law firm like The Virga Law Firm, P.A. provides peace of mind, ensuring that every aspect of your uncontested divorce is handled with professionalism and integrity.
Working with our team offers you the assurance that your divorce will be handled professionally, efficiently, and in a manner that protects your interests. Our legal expertise and experience can make the process smoother and less stressful, allowing you to transition into the next phase of your life with confidence.
Are you seeking uncontested divorce? Schedule your consultation with an attorney today.
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