Also known as a “simplified dissolution of marriage,” an uncontested divorce is an option for couples who wish to end their marriage amicably. This kind of divorce can produce results in as little as four to five weeks. However, only certain couples are eligible to get an uncontested divorce. To go through an uncontested divorce in Florida, the following requirements must be met:
- Both spouses agree that the marriage is broken and want a simplified dissolution of marriage
- There are no children under the age of 18, adopted or otherwise
- Wife is not pregnant
- At least one spouse has lived in Florida for at least six months
- Spouses agree on the division of property and debts
- Neither spouse is seeking alimony
On the other hand, though, not many divorces end amicably, and many people experience a contested divorce when they cannot agree on alimony, custody, or visitation. With this type of divorce, a judge will be needed to make the final decisions on child support, custody, alimony, as well as shared property and debts. A contested divorce can take six months or longer, and if the courts are extremely busy, it could sometimes take more than a year.
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Stephen D. Turnage and his team of professionals have decades of experience handling even the most complex family law cases. If you are seeking a divorce, it is always beneficial to have a legal professional looking out for you and your family’s best interests. Contact the Law Offices of Steven D. Turnage today to schedule a consultation.
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