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We frequently think divorces must end in chaos and bitter feelings. While this is certainly true for some couples, it isn’t always the case. Many couples end their marriages amicably and in agreement on how they will settle the terms of their divorces. When both spouses agree on all aspects of a divorce, including child custody, spousal support, property division, and child support, it is known as an uncontested divorce.
The requirements for an uncontested divorce are:
- The spouses agree that their marriage is beyond repair.
- They mutually agree on the division of their debts and property.
- At least one spouse has been a resident of Florida for at least 6 months.
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The Benefits of an Uncontested Divorce
Contested divorces are often lengthy, stressful and expensive. Many cases require litigation to finalize the divorce, and often these divorces are emotionally charged. This can leave the couple feeling very hurt and spiteful towards each other—which can continue to affect them for years to come.
Uncontested divorces, on the other hand, often take far less time to resolve. Because you and your spouse have more control over the process, these divorces can be far less stressful. When you and your spouse work together to finalize the terms of your divorce, you must cooperate and communicate. This often means that couples who go through an uncontested divorce face less emotional strain and feel like they have more closure on the issue.
You and your spouse can decide what is best for your family, rather than leaving it in the hands of a judge who doesn’t know your unique situation. Additionally, because you don’t need to spend countless hours going through litigation, you can save time and money. Often, uncontested divorces can also protect children from traumatic changes and help families move forward together.
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Many couples make the mistake of filing for an uncontested divorce without consulting an attorney. While your intentions may be good, it can be challenging to navigate the overall process. Our Pensacola uncontested divorce lawyers have more than 100 years of collective experience to assist you and your spouse in tackling the hurdles a divorce can heave. At The Virga Law Firm, P.A., we are committed to your best interests.
What Is the Process for Filing an Uncontested Divorce in Florida?
The process for an uncontested divorce in Florida typically involves the following steps:
- Prepare the necessary documents: Gather and complete the required legal forms. These typically include a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage, Financial Affidavits, Marital Settlement Agreement, and Parenting Plan (if applicable).
- File the petition: File the completed forms with the clerk of the circuit court in the county where either you or your spouse resides. You will need to pay the filing fee unless you qualify for a fee waiver.
- Serve the other party (if necessary): If your spouse is not filing jointly with you, they need to be served with a copy of the divorce petition and other relevant documents. Proper service ensures that they have notice of the divorce proceedings.
- Waiting period: In Florida, there is a mandatory waiting period of 20 days from the date of filing before the divorce can be finalized. This waiting period allows time for the other party to respond or object if they wish to do so.
- Financial disclosure: Both spouses must exchange financial information, including income, expenses, assets, and debts. This information is typically disclosed through Financial Affidavits and supporting documentation.
- Marital settlement agreement: If you and your spouse are in agreement on all relevant issues, you will need to draft a Marital Settlement Agreement. This document outlines how you will divide your assets and liabilities, address alimony (if applicable), and handle other key matters related to the divorce.
- Parenting plan (if applicable): If you have minor children, you will need to create a parenting plan that outlines custody, visitation schedules, and decision-making responsibilities. Both parents should agree on the terms of the plan.
- Final hearing: In an uncontested divorce, a final hearing may not be necessary. However, if required or requested, you and your spouse may need to appear before a judge to have your agreement reviewed and approved. The judge will ensure that the terms are fair and in the best interests of any minor children.
- Finalize the divorce: Once the judge approves the agreement, the court will issue a final judgment of divorce, officially ending the marriage.
It's important to note that divorce procedures may vary depending on the specific circumstances and local court rules. Consulting with a Pensacola uncontested divorce lawyer is recommended to ensure compliance with all legal requirements and to obtain personalized guidance throughout the process.
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