No matter what the circumstances, contemplating a divorce is difficult for both spouses. Even in the rockiest of marriages, there is usually still a powerful bond between the couple. In many cases, both partners to the marriage feel a true sense of loss. The couple may even have tried to reconcile on one or more occasions. Nevertheless, they sometimes come to the conclusion that a divorce would enhance their joint well-being. Does the marriage have to end in nastiness and undue expense? Thankfully, the answer is “no.” An uncontested, flat fee divorce in Florida is a real option.
Is an Uncontested Divorce Right for Us?
An uncontested divorce can be an alternative to a hotly contested, expensive end to the marriage. It is particularly appropriate if the married couple has already agreed on the following issues:
- Division of assets
- Division of debts
- How each spouse will care for and share time with any children of the marriage
Why Not a “Do-it-Yourself” Divorce?”
Perhaps friends have advised that it is possible for a couple to get their own divorce in Florida, without benefit of an attorney. Those friends are technically correct. It is possible. If saving a few dollars – and in many situations, you might be surprised just how few you actually save – is important, then a “DIY” divorce might be ok for you.
On the other hand, while a DIY divorce might be slightly cheaper, it’s almost always going to take you more time to finalize things than if you had an uncontested divorce with attorney representation. Experience shows, for example, that if you file your own divorce papers in the Florida family court system, it usually takes 120 to 180 to move through the process and actually receive the marriage dissolution. An uncontested divorce with attorney representation takes, on average, 30 days after filing. A flat fee divorce saves time, and provides you with additional confidence that the process will go as planned.
Remember That an Attorney Cannot Represent Both Spouses
Both spouses need to remember that an attorney cannot represent both sides to a dispute, even in the case of an uncontested divorce. That is why it is so important that property division and childcare issues be completely agreed beforehand.
Beller & Bustamante, P.L. Has a Special Web Site
At Beller & Bustamante, P.L., we have developed a special online tool to assist residents of Duval, Clay, St. Johns, Flagler, and Putnam counties in their uncontested divorce arrangements. If the two of you have agreed on the terms of your divorce and want to save money, please see our special web site.
Is an Uncontested Divorce in Your Future?
If you and your spouse have come to the conclusion that your marriage must be dissolved, and yet you agree on the division of your property, as well as child care/time sharing issues, we can assist with an uncontested divorce. If you have other questions regarding divorce or family law issues, you can easily schedule an initial consultation. Contact Beller & Bustamante, P.L. online or call us at (904) 288-4414 today.