Contested and Uncontested Divorce in Florida

In Florida, a marriage dissolution must be filed by any couple seeking a divorce. If they can negotiate on one or most of the main issues, they may have the option of signing a marital settlement arrangement that details how all the main divorce issues have been settled. If children are involved, a parental strategy can also be created, outlining the rights and responsibilities of both parents including child care, extracurricular activity, decision-making authority, and more.

Couples may not necessarily compromise on all the big challenges involved with their divorce, though. If you are planning to apply for a divorce, it will help you make an educated decision about the right way to continue by knowing the distinctions between a contested and uncontested divorce.

A couple cannot reach an agreement on the main aspects of a divorce in a contested divorce, which could include the allocation of properties, spousal benefits, parental responsibility, time-sharing, and child support, where children are concerned.

As a consequence, to resolve those disputes, the court will compel the pair to mediate, and if they are cannot reach an understanding, a family court judge will likely be the one tasked with finalizing any pending legal matters.

As implied, a couple has resolved its issues in an uncontested divorce without the involvement of the court. The couple proposed a marital settlement arrangement and a parental plan to a judge, who reviews the arrangement and gives the final approval.

This update is provided by the firm and Miami family law lawyers of Rafool, LLC. We have a strong reputation throughout Florida and we have numerous years of experience representing clients involved in complex divorce cases as well as other family law matters. Should you have any domestic or family issue, we are here to assist you by providing educated advice and skilled, professional advocacy. Call 305-567-9400 to speak with one of our Miami divorce attorneys.

This information is provided for educational or informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. The information is not provided in the course of an attorney-client relationship and is not intended to substitute for legal advice.