Van Riper and Nies, contested and uncontested divorce attorneys, with offices in Stuart, West Palm Beach, Delray Beach, Deerfield Beach, and Boca Raton, handle many different types of divorce cases in Florida. Going through an amicable divorce, even an uncontested divorce in Florida is not always easy. Our attorneys, Tim Nies and Christian Van Riper are here not only to advocate for them in court, but to make the process as least painful as possible, and as least disruptive on our clients’ lives. Our trial paralegals are highly skilled in assisting our attorneys to facilitate a fast divorce.
Uncontested divorces are recommended only if you and your spouse are in agreement on all issues, including:
- If you have children, timesharing issues, vacation times, parenting plans, child support, education, and other issues that impact children.
- Division of all marital property and debt.
- Division of retirement plans.
Is an Uncontested Divorce in Florida Appropriate for You?
In an uncontested divorce case, all relevant issues will be spelled out in the marital settlement agreement (MSA). This includes how debts and assets are divided, whether the marital home will be sold, life insurance, child support, alimony, and many other issues. If the parties do not agree on the issues, the divorce is a contested divorce.
How Long Does an Uncontested Divorce in Florida Take?
From the time a divorce petition is filed in Court, to the date, the judge enters a final judgment of dissolution of marriage is rather quick if the divorce has truly been uncontested. There are multiple factors that influence the time the entire process takes. Some counties, with more divorce judges, more quickly process the paperwork than others. Divorce attorneys need cooperation on both sides. For example, Florida law requires both parties to complete financial affidavits and other documents. Florida law also requires parents in divorce cases to complete parenting courses. It is also up to both the clients and their lawyers to speed up the process.
Tips to Speed up the Uncontested Divorce in Florida.
To help speed up the uncontested divorce process in Florida, consider the following:
- Speak with your spouse about a timesharing schedule, if you have children. Meaning, will each of the parties have equal timesharing (week-on-week-off, etc.) or some other schedule, such as one parent having every other weekend from Friday to Sunday or Monday, etc?
- Discuss with your husband or wife, how the assets will be divided. For instance, the division of 401K plans, whether the marital home will be sold or whether one party will keep the home. Also, discuss the division of debts such as credit cards, personal loans, student loans, etc. All debts incurred during the marriage are debts of both of you. All assets acquired from the date you were married belong to both parties (this does not include inheritance).
- Cars seem to cause stress in divorce because so often car loans are in both parties’ names. Discuss with your spouse who keeps what car and what is to be done with the car loan, which is in both spouses’ names.
- Sit down and talk to your spouse about alimony.
- Think before you post about your spouse or your divorce on social media, or in texts. You want to keep emotions calm during the uncontested divorce process. You want to keep an uncontested divorce from turning into a contested divorce.
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For more information about uncontested divorces in Florida, call our attorneys, Christian Van Riper, or Tim Nies. Our law firm has offices in Stuart, West Palm Beach, Delray Beach, Deerfield Beach, and Boca Raton, Florida.
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