Many divorcing couples think that they do not need a lawyer if they agree on everything. Unfortunately, this often leads to more costs and headaches during an already emotional time.
If you and your spouse agree on all facets of your divorce, you could benefit from partnering with an uncontested divorce lawyer in Orlando, Florida. The experienced Orlando uncontested divorce lawyers at Conti Moore Law, PLLC can help ensure that the process is as stress-free and easy as possible.
Our compassionate attorneys have over five decades of combined experience helping families navigate challenging family law issues. Contact us or call (407) 831-0203 today to schedule a free consultation to discuss your divorce and see how we can help.
How Conti Moore Law, PLLC Can Help You With Your Orlando Uncontested Divorce
A divorce is stressful for all parties and family members involved. Even if you and your partner agree on the terms of your divorce, you may be overlooking essential considerations. That’s where we can help.
We’ll listen to the details of your situation and give honest advice and guidance regarding your case. We’ve been helping individuals with divorces and other family law matters since 2012, and we’re committed to providing exceptional client service.
Partnering with Conti Moore Law, PLLC, you can expect us to:
- Provide compassionate guidance to help you enter a new phase in your life
- Draft and file divorce documents suited to your needs
- Provide legal advice and guidance on contested items you may not have realized (e.g., child support, alimony, retirement, and taxes)
- Ensure that the terms of a marital settlement agreement are fair and represent your best interests
- Represent you in mediation and negotiations with your spouse
- Protect your rights at all stages of the case
You don’t have to handle your divorce alone. Contact our Orlando divorce attorneys today to schedule a free case evaluation and get the legal guidance and representation you need and deserve.
When is an Uncontested Divorce Right for a Couple?
Many couples think they are working through an uncontested divorce when they may only agree on a few key issues. Just because you have agreed on child support, visitation, and alimony doesn’t mean all the other items will magically fall into place.
Some couples are able to work through the process amicably, both realizing the marriage has ended. This is the best situation for an uncontested divorce.
An uncontested divorce is best for a couple who:
- Does not have minor children
- Has few assets
- Has only one marital home
- Has no animosity toward the other
- Can each individually support themselves after the marriage is over
With an uncontested divorce, you do not need to go through an expensive and time-consuming legal process. You can avoid costly litigation and extensive and emotional mediation.
However, each spouse should still have a lawyer to represent their best interests. Because you will need to enter into a marital settlement agreement, you should ensure that your rights are protected before you appear before a judge to enter a final divorce decree.
What Are Marital Settlement Agreements?
Under Florida law, at least one spouse must currently live in Florida and have lived in Florida for the past six months. If you meet the residency requirement and other prerequisites, you can file the appropriate Petition for Dissolution of Marriage that applies to your situation. You must pay the applicable filing fees to the clerk of court.
You can do all of these things with the help of a lawyer, but if you have done them on your own, it is at this point we strongly encourage you to speak with an attorney. The marital settlement agreement lays out the terms and conditions of your divorce, including how you and your spouse will divide your marital property.
Failing to have a lawyer guide you through this process could lead to an unfair distribution of your marital assets and liabilities. Many couples fail to address liabilities, which are the debts incurred during the marriage. Even though you are getting divorced, they must still be repaid. Without a lawyer, your spouse could try to push an unfair distribution of liabilities to you.
What Are the Benefits of an Uncontested Divorce in Florida?
An uncontested divorce has many advantages over a contested divorce. Above all, it is less emotionally draining. No one enters a marriage thinking they will get a divorce. And when you realize your marriage is ending, it can be freeing but also heart-wrenching. If you and your spouse can agree on essential items, your lawyer can help negotiate the rest and continue with an uncontested divorce.
Some benefits of an uncontested divorce include:
More Control Over the Distribution of Assets and Liabilities
When your divorce goes to litigation, you lose some control over who gets what. Florida law requires judges to split marital assets and liabilities equitably – and this doesn’t necessarily mean 50/50. The judge can consider several relevant factors when determining how to distribute assets and liabilities between the parties.
Even if you have to negotiate a little, you still retain more control of the distribution of assets and debts in an uncontested divorce. For example, if you have a piece of jewelry that you want to keep, you are more likely to be able to do so through an uncontested divorce process.
Working on a marital settlement agreement amicably with your spouse is less adversarial than going to court, even if you need to negotiate some issues. When you and your spouse agree on the terms of your divorce, you minimize the chances of a surprise in court.
If you agree to the terms of a marital settlement agreement, you can avoid litigation. Not only does this save time, but it can also save thousands of dollars in court costs and attorney’s fees.
Even if you need to attend mediation, you likely only need to resolve a few issues. A lawyer can help keep the conversation focused on the matter at hand and not let any discussions become overly emotional or combative, reducing the amount of time needed at mediation.
Uncontested divorces are also much faster than contested divorces. Because you and your spouse have worked through the distribution of your assets and liabilities, there is nothing left for the judge to decide. The judge will simply review the document to ensure it is fair, ask you and your spouse a few questions, and then issue a final divorce order. Ultimately, this process can take you less than two months.
Contact an Orlando Uncontested Divorce Lawyer Today For a Free Consultation
An uncontested divorce in Orlando can be a quick and cost-effective way to end your marriage. While it may still be an emotional process, the compassionate uncontested divorce lawyers at Conti Moore Law, PLLC can help you reach a fair divorce settlement with your spouse.
Contact us today to discuss your uncontested divorce options. We offer a free initial consultation and are ready to help you face this difficult situation.