In this article, you will learn…
- When you can obtain an uncontested divorce in Florida,
- How long it will take to obtain an uncontested divorce, and
- Whether or not you need a divorce attorney for an uncontested divorce.
Do You Have To Be Separated In Order To Get An Uncontested Divorce In Florida?
In the state of Florida, there is no true legal separation that you can apply for, so you do not have to be separated in order to get an uncontested divorce.
Can Couples With Children Or Substantial Assets Obtain An Uncontested Divorce In Florida?
Couples with children or substantial assets can still obtain an uncontested divorce in Florida. The only criteria for an uncontested divorce is that both parties can come to a full agreement on all of the aspects of the divorce.
When there are children involved, it’s important to speak with your spouse and make sure that you can both agree on a time-sharing schedule. Child support is determined by the state based on income, so that is something out of your control.
With substantial assets, both parties will need to agree on how to distribute the assets. For example, both parties can agree to sell a house and distribute the proceeds of that sale 50-50.
As long as both parties can come to an agreement on all of these aspects, you can obtain an uncontested divorce in Florida.
How Long Will It Take To Get An Uncontested Divorce In Florida?
An uncontested divorce can take around six weeks in certain courts in Florida. For example, Orange County requires you to wait 21 days at a minimum before submitting the final paperwork.
In some situations, you can get a simplified dissolution of marriage that would not involve an attorney.
In some other counties, a divorce can be done in as little as two to three weeks. It really depends on the rules specific to each county in Florida.
If My Wife And I Agree On Everything Do We Really Still Need To Hire Divorce Attorneys For Our Uncontested Divorce In Florida?
Whether or not you need to hire a divorce attorney for your uncontested divorce in Florida depends on your specific situation. If you can do the simplified dissolution of marriage, which is specific to Orange County, where there are no children or assets, you could do that without an attorney. Some other counties may have something similar to this process.
Different courts and counties will have information and paperwork on their websites to tell you what you need to do. If you review that and think you’re capable of doing the work yourself, you absolutely are able to move forward without an attorney.
Tentatively, you can always do an uncontested divorce without an attorney, but it does become more difficult. You would be trying to navigate an unfamiliar process without the benefit of an attorney’s expertise.
Some things a divorce attorney can do to help you navigate the process of an uncontested divorce are…
- Educate you on the process,
- Ensure you have all the necessary documentation,
- File the paperwork,
- Know what steps to take after filing the paperwork,
- Contact judicial assistants,
- Know how to schedule things out, and
- Be familiar with your specific county and court.
You can do it on your own if you have the time and dedication to work on it. If you want it done quickly and efficiently, though, having an experienced divorce attorney is very beneficial.
How Can I Get Help With My Uncontested Divorce In Florida?
To get help with your uncontested divorce in Florida, all you need to do is reach out to my office by calling or submitting an email inquiry. You will get a return call right away where you can…
- Explain your situation,
- Discuss what I can or cannot do for you, and
- Make a plan of action that is right for you.
If you decide to proceed after your consultation, you will receive an email detailing the documentation needed in order to start the paperwork. Once that documentation is received, the paperwork will be drafted for your review. If everything looks good, you will get it signed and notarized and we’ll go from there.
For more information on Uncontested Divorce In Florida, an initial consultation is your next best step. Get the information and legal answers you are seeking by calling (407) 305-5599 today.