The emotional ramifications of divorce are often challenging enough, and the legal implications of a divorce can make the head spin. If you are heading down the path of a divorce, it is important to understand how Florida law classifies and handles contested or uncontested divorce situations.
Uncontested Divorce: The “Simple” Way
Also called a “simple divorce,” uncontested divorce can occur under very specific circumstances. First and foremost, both spouses must agree to the divorce and state that the marriage is irretrievably broken. In addition, if the spouses have children, they must agree in writing to a custody arrangement that includes how time will be shared, where the children will go to school, and many other details. Spouses in an uncontested divorce even need to agree on the amount and length of alimony and child support. The division of assets and debts needs to be mutually approved, as does the handling of the marital home.
Although an uncontested divorce involves the agreement of all important matters, it is still important to have a divorce attorney by your side through the entire process. Divorce attorneys have the knowledge and experience to identify tax liabilities, credits, and money saving opportunities. Furthermore, an attorney in an uncontested divorce situation can ensure that proper language and terms are used in the Marital Settlement Agreement. It’s a very worthwhile investment in order to guarantee everything runs smoothly.
Contested Divorce: Spouses Can’t Agree
In a contested divorce, a judge is responsible for addressing the questions raised by divorce, including parenting, distribution of assets and debt, alimony, child support, and anything else. The acronym PEACE is used by the courts to handle all important issues. Each of these issues can become extremely complicated, which is why using a divorce attorney is crucial. The lawyers at North Tampa Law Group specialize in helping clients through contested and uncontested divorces alike. For support in your own divorce situation, call them today at (813) 518-7411.