Is an Uncontested Divorce for You?
Once a couple has reached an agreement to divorce, the next step is to file. Although both parties have agreed to the divorce, there are still some legal challenges that should be handled by experienced lawyers before filing. If you and your spouse are considering an uncontested divorce, it is important to understand what it is and how it can benefit both of you.
What Does an Uncontested Divorce Mean?
An uncontested divorce simply means that both parties are willing to divorce and have reached an agreement on the major issues related to the ending of the marriage. For instance, you and your spouse may have already decided on how your assets and debts will be split.
Although the divorce and major issues are not being challenged, there are still some issues that could require the help of lawyers to settle before heading to court to have the divorce finalized. For instance, you and your spouse might agree on some aspects of co-parenting, but still need help with resolving minor parenting issues, such as the children’s religious upbringing.
Is an Uncontested Divorce Beneficial?
One of the earmarks of a contested divorce is time spent in court battling over end-of-marriage issues. By contrast, an uncontested divorce can help both parties avoid spending considerable time in court. Our firm can complete the paperwork for the divorce and you and your soon-to-be ex will sign off on it if both of you agree. The documents will then be filed with the court without the need to go to court multiple times.
An uncontested divorce can also help save on expenses. With a contested divorce, the related legal fees are higher because of the time spent on the process by the lawyer and the various court filings that are needed to end the marriage. If you and your spouse are not contesting the divorce and the major issues, our firm can quickly wrap up the divorce and save on related expenses.
The most important reason to opt for an uncontested divorce is that it gives both parties more control over how your marriage ends. If the case ended up in court, a judge would have more say over how the major issues are settled. In an uncontested divorce, the issues are settled, and the judge only needs to sign off on the agreement filed with the court.
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How Does an Attorney Help?
Even though both parties are working together to end their marriage, the help of an experienced attorney is important. Konicek Law can help with settling minor issues that have not been worked out by you and your spouse to avoid any delays in the process. Not only does this help with negotiations, but also helps to keep the costs down.
We can also help with ensuring the proper paperwork is completed and filed with the court. If you and your spouse file the wrong paperwork in a DIY divorce, this could delay the filing and add to the final expenses. Failing to complete certain paperwork by the deadline set by the court could even result in the divorce filing being dismissed. You would have to re-file if that occurs.
Most importantly, an experienced firm, such as the Konicek Law firm, would ensure that the agreement reached by the divorcing couple is fair and reasonable for our client. For instance, if the client is supposed to receive alimony payments, we would review the agreement to ensure that the amount being offered is fair according to Florida law.
Regardless of whether you and your spouse agree about your divorce, contact us at Konicek Law to discuss your case. You can receive invaluable advice that could help you avoid feeling taken advantage of after the divorce is finalized.