Filing for an Uncontested Divorce in Florida
For most people, getting a divorce causes at least some level of stress and anxiety. Divorce has a reputation for being a long, drawn-out and contentious process. That’s certainly true in some situations, but in others, Florida’s uncontested divorce laws allow you to move through the process in a relatively quick and stress-free manner. Not everyone is eligible to get an uncontested divorce in Florida. You cannot, for example, have any minor children, including a current pregnancy. At least one of the parties must have lived in Florida for six months prior to filing and both must officially agree, in writing, that the relationship is irretrievably broken. There can also be no alimony involved, and the spouses must reach a clear agreement on the division of shared assets and debts. Considering the options If you meet all the above requirements, an uncontested divorce is likely the best path for you if you wish to end the marriage as quickly as possible and can feasibly cooperate with your spouse to finalize the divorce. Through this process, you can bypass the requirement of filing a financial affidavit, which will save you a significant amount of time and effort on filling out and filing court documents. While you may qualify for a simplified divorce, it may not always be in your best interest. If you make significantly less money than your spouse, for example, you may wish to seek alimony so that you can support yourself while you seek the education or training you need to become more self-sufficient. An uncontested divorce would not be a good option if this is the case. To learn more about the uncontested divorce process and whether you and your spouse qualify for a simplified dissolution of marriage, consult a knowledgeable Florida family law attorney with Oberliesen & Henderson. Please call our Shalimar office at (850) 863-0494 or contact us online to get started.