So what's the bottom line regarding the divorce process in Florida? There are two types of divorces; contested and uncontested. Uncontested simply means that every issue between the parties has been settled and agreed to. These issues might include things like division of property and debt, whether or not one party is going to pay support to the other party for any period of time, child related issues such as visitation , which we now call time sharing in Florida, and child support issues. The more issues that the parties agree to, the less there is for the judge to decide, and the less expense for the parties.
The other type of divorce is a contested divorce. That means that one or more issues between the parties have not been settled or agreed to, and the judge is going to have to make a decision on those issues. (there is no jury) This takes place during a final dissolution of marriage hearing. You will spend more money on a contested Florida divorce than on an uncontested divorce. That is because there's alot more work to do to get ready for the final hearing and present your case properly so that the judge will decide in your favor.
Both parties will save a lot of time, money and aggravation if they can come to a settlement on the issues involved in their case. So if at all possible, continue to negotiate with your spouse. It's never too late to settle, even if you have to compromise a bit. Florida uncontested divorces are quick and relatively inexpensive. Florida contested divorce cases can be more expensive and time consuming.
No matter where you live in Florida, call divorce attorney Arnie Gruskin at 1-800-NOW DIVORCE to discuss a game plan and the best way to proceed on your case. We are here to help.