In Florida, there are two main types of divorce: contested and uncontested. In a contested divorce, the spouses agree that they are ready to split, but typically don’t agree on much else. In these cases, working out the terms of the divorce requires court involvement, both spouses must have their own attorney, and the financial and emotional tolls can be substantial. If you and your spouse simply cannot come to terms on your own, a contested divorce may be your only option.
With an uncontested divorce, the process is quicker, easier, and much less expensive. In fact, at Beller & Bustamante, P.L., we offer flat-fee options for uncontested divorces. If you qualify for a flat-fee divorce, the process can be over in as little as 30 days.
Requirements for a Flat-Fee Uncontested Divorce
In order to qualify for a flat-fee divorce rate, you must be prepared to file for an uncontested divorce. This means that you and your spouse will need to be in agreement on:
- How to Split Your Assets – This includes assets such as bank accounts, retirement accounts, investments, items of personal property, and your family home.
- How to Split Your Debts – Common debts include credit card balances, mortgages, car loans, and education loans.
- Who Will Pay Alimony, and How Much – Alimony (also known as spousal support) is financial assistance that one spouse provides to another after a divorce. Florida law recognizes several types of alimony, so you and your spouse will need to decide on both the type and amount to be paid.
If you and your spouse have children, you will also need to determine:
- Your Parenting Plan – In order to file for an uncontested divorce with children, you and your spouse will need to agree on how you will share time with your kids.
- Child Support Rights and Obligations – You and your spouse will also need to agree on child support. In Florida, child support payments must be calculated based on a statutory formula, and we can help you apply the formula to determine an appropriate child support award for your situation.
It is important to note that you do have the option to file an uncontested divorce with the court yourself. However, most people find the process to be overwhelming, and with so much at stake, many people choose to seek help from an experienced Florida family law attorney. In addition, if you file on your own, the process will likely take anywhere from 120 to 180 days.
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If you and your spouse have agreed on all terms of your marriage as set forth above then please see our website at divorceinthesunshinestate.com to begin the divorce process quickly and affordably.