Orlando Contested & Uncontested Divorce Attorney
Florida Divorce Attorney Serving Clients in the Greater Orlando Area
Even in the best circumstances, divorce is a difficult process for all parties involved. Spouses need to make plans to separate, marital assets must be divided, and children from the marriage will experience a shift in the family dynamic. Sometimes spouses do part amicably, and it is possible to move through divorce proceedings relatively quickly. However, most divorces involve at least some controversy, and the divorce can get drawn out when the parties cannot negotiate or reach any kind of agreement.
Under Florida law (Fla. Stat. § 61.052), there are numerous requirements for divorce, which is known as dissolution of marriage. There are two different types of divorce: uncontested and contested divorce. We will say more about each of these, and the ways in which a compassionate Orlando contested & uncontested divorce attorney can provide you with experienced counsel regardless of your family’s situation.
Uncontested Divorce in Orlando
An uncontested divorce is the more simple way of dissolving a marriage in Florida because it means that both parties agree to all terms of the divorce. To be clear, the parties must be in agreement on all issues in order to have an uncontested divorce, including but not limited to:
- Division of marital property;
- Development of a parenting plan that includes parental responsibilities and time-sharing;
- Child support;
- Alimony; and
- Any other family law issues that are involved in the divorce process.
Depending upon your specific situation, family law matters involving children may not be applicable if there are no minor children from the marriage. At the same time, alimony might not be at issue if both parties have come to the agreement that it is not appropriate, or if there is a Florida premarital agreement in place. The most important information to keep in mind is that, regardless of your particular circumstances, you and your spouse must agree to all terms in order to have an uncontested divorce.
Then, assuming the parties completely agree, you still must meet the following statutory requirements for the dissolution of marriage:
- One of the parties asserts legal grounds for divorce (either that the marriage is irretrievably broken or one of the parties lack mental capacity); and
- At least one spouse must have resided in the state of Florida for at least six months prior to filing for divorce.
Orlando Contested Divorce
A contested divorce means that the parties cannot agree on one or more issues, such as the division of marital property or matters involving child custody. In a contested divorce, each party will need to present his or her case, and the judge will rule and issue a court order. Contested divorce tends to take much longer, and it can be more financially and emotionally taxing on both parties.
Contact a Divorce Attorney in Orlando
The advocates at our firm pride themselves on teamwork while also providing individualized representation to each of our clients. Do not hesitate to reach out to the advocates at Greater Orlando Family Law for more information about the services we provide. An experienced Orlando divorce lawyer at our firm can get started on your case today. Contact Greater Orlando Family Law to learn more about the ways we assist clients in a wide variety of family law matters.