When the time comes to file for divorce you need to have a plan in place for how you will move forward. It’s important to have the conversation with your spouse when both of you have plenty of time to talk. This is not a conversation that you rush to get through, even though it will be one of the more difficult ones you will have in your life. There are couples that cannot find common ground when going through a divorce, but the majority of divorcing couples will be able to agree on the division of property, assets, child custody, alimony and other important factors that go into a divorce agreement. Not every divorce has to wind up in court. That’s where the collaborative approach to divorce can come into play.
While your bank account may be slightly smaller than that of billionaire Jeff Bezos’, you might be surprised to learn you may both go through the exact same process to achieve your divorce. There are really only five ways to get a divorce, regardless of how much money and assets you have.
The Uncontested Divorce
In Florida, in order to get an uncontested divorce, you cannot be pregnant or have any children under the age of 18. (Thus, the Bezos family doesn’t qualify. . . ) You have to agree on the division of assets and debts, meet the residency requirements, and agree the marriage is irretrievably broken. Finally, neither party may receive alimony from the other in an uncontested divorce.
An uncontested divorce offers many benefits. The most important advantage is avoiding a lengthy litigation and contentious courtroom battle. With an uncontested divorce, you and your spouse amicably reach agreements on all major issues such as child custody, division of assets, and spousal support.
In Florida, uncontested divorces are a simpler, quicker and less costly way to end a marriage.
Differences between Uncontested and Contested Divorces
In divorce litigation, a judge or a jury makes all the important decisions that affect your life because you and your spouse are unable to do so.