Uncontested Divorce

You Don’t Have To Go Through a Divorce Alone

Divorce is never easy, but it is simpler when both sides agree on the primary issues. Uncontested divorces in Florida also tend to be less invasive, more affordable (from $2,500), and more quickly resolved than divorces between couples with major disagreements about child custody and other important issues.

 

 At Tampa Bay Legal Center, P.A., we have over 30 years of experience guiding Florida residents through the divorce process. Depending on the details of the settlement agreement, a divorce can affect how much one spouse pays the other, who is responsible for outstanding debts, and how frequently you see your children.

Having an experienced attorney by your side helps protect your rights and ensure that the divorce proceeds more smoothly.

How Does an Uncontested Divorce Work?

If you want to pursue an uncontested divorce in Florida, we will make sure you meet the requirements and guide you through the process. At every step of the way, we will be by your side to answer questions and represent your interests.

Requirements for an Uncontested Divorce

To receive a judgment of divorce in Florida, either you or your spouse must have lived in the state for at least six months before filing.

For an uncontested divorce, you must also agree on fundamental issues such as the division of property, distribution of debt, and child custody.

If you disagree on any major matters, an uncontested divorce may not make sense. This is also true if one spouse makes significantly more money than the other, if you both have extensive assets that are challenging to divide, or if your relationship involved any type of abuse.

Steps for an Uncontested Divorce

If you and your spouse are good candidates for an uncontested divorce, we will guide you through the following steps to complete the divorce action in Florida:

1. Agree on the Legal Grounds for Divorce

You must have a valid reason for ending your marriage. Fortunately, all you need to do in Florida is agree that your marriage is irretrievably broken. This means you cannot reconcile your differences or save your marriage.

2. Draft a Divorce Settlement Agreement

You and your spouse must write up a settlement agreement addressing all matters related to the divorce. Even if both sides agree on the basic issues, this is where things can become complicated.

At Tampa Bay Legal Center, P.A., our experienced family law attorney will help you finalize details such as:

  • Division of property: The allocation of marital property, including real estate, vehicles, stocks, and other assets acquired during the marriage
  • Allocation of debts: Which party is responsible for paying any outstanding debts incurred during the marriage, including credit cards, mortgages, auto loans, and unpaid taxes
  • Alimony payments: Whether one spouse will pay the other alimony and, if so, how much
  • Child support: The amount of child support for dependent children of the marriage, including daycare costs, health insurance, and medical and dental expenses
  • Time Sharing: Time sharing arrangements; parenting responsibilities; and visitation, holiday, and vacation schedules

3. File the Proper Divorce Forms

For an uncontested divorce in Florida, your attorney will file one of two petitions in court:

  • Simplified Dissolution of Marriage: This is an option for couples who don’t have minor or unborn children together, waive their right to alimony, and agree on all issues, including the division of property and debt. You must also agree to sign the marital settlement agreement and you must attend a final hearing together.
  • Regular Dissolution of Marriage: If you don’t meet the criteria above, you must opt for a regular dissolution. You can still proceed with an uncontested divorce, provided that you both agree on how to resolve all pertinent matters. However, this process is a bit more time consuming as it requires the filing of financial affidavits.
  • Only a few cases are accepted at the $2,500 fee each month. If you reach out, tell the person answering the phone that you want the special uncontested rate, and if you qualify, that is all you will pay!

At Tampa Bay Legal Center, P.A., we help our clients take a streamlined, civil approach to divorce. If you have questions or want to start the process, schedule a consultation today with our family law attorney. You can call (813) 341-3333 or complete our online contact form.

Frequently Asked Questions

How quickly can you divorce in Florida?

Florida law requires you to wait 20 days between filing a petition and finalizing a divorce. Uncontested divorces using simplified dissolution typically conclude in four to six weeks, although some cases may take longer.

Can you divorce in Florida without going to court?

You can divorce in Florida without going to court if you complete a regular uncontested dissolution of marriage. All other Florida divorce cases require one or both spouses to appear in court.

How much does an uncontested divorce cost in Florida?

Uncontested divorces in Florida cost $500 to $5,000 or more, depending on whether you hire an attorney. Tampa Bay Legal Center, P.A. offers uncontested divorces from $2,500, not including filing fees at the courthouse.

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At Tampa Bay Legal Center, P.A., we care about our clients and about helping them resolve the legal issues they face in the most efficient and effective manner possible. Our law firm is led by attorney Carl J. Ohall who, for more than 25 years, has helped people throughout the Tampa area overcome legal challenges that affect their families, finances & health.

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Brandon, FL 33511

(813) 341-3333

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