Contested vs. Uncontested Divorce in Florida
Divorce is a strenuous ordeal even when both parties agree on a majority of the issues involved. No matter where you find yourself in the process or how seemingly straight forward the split seems, speaking with the dedicated family law attorneys at Farah & Farah can help ease the transition. Over the past few decades we’ve witnessed many couples move on from one another; in every case, no matter how civil or contentious, the entire family experienced a great deal of strain – all of which required an equal amount of adjustment and healing. At Farah & Farah, we appreciate the emotional fallout that accompanies divorce and we are here to provide the empathetic counsel and thorough representation you’ll need to see it through.
If you are considering a divorce in the state of Florida or have already begun filing, give us a call at (904) 263-4610. The call is free, the consultation is free. Let us help you secure that which is rightfully yours, both for today and tomorrow.
Who’s Fault Was it?
You’ve come to the point in your marriage when the idea of maintaining the relationship is beyond consideration. It is “irretrievably broken” and there is no turning it around. In the state of Florida you need only suggest that your marriage is beyond repair or too difficult to pursue any further in order to successfully file for divorce. Florida is what is known as a “no fault” state – meaning no individual party is held accountable for the collapse of the marriage. This is a critical difference to other states, as it sets up the separation between a contested divorce and an uncontested one.
What is Uncontested and Contested Divorce in Florida?
An uncontested divorce is exactly what it suggests. You and your spouse have decided to dissolve your marriage and divide everything in a way that is agreeable to both parties. The individual pieces of property and overall estate can vary, but some of the most common equitable divisions occur with:
- Bank Accounts and 401k Plans
- Real Estate and Homes
- Automobiles and other vehicles
- Business ventures and other investments
- Time Sharing Scheduling
Unfortunately, even if you agree with your spouse concerning the divorce, this does not mean you will see eye-to-eye on the property split or time spent with children. This is what is known as a contested divorce. The sad fact of the matter is that contested divorces make up a vast majority of the proceedings we witness. Even if a great deal of the property division is agreeable to both parties, time spent with children and other emotionally charged matters may require litigation to be resolved effectively. Additionally, certain aggravating circumstances, such as adultery, abuse or an extensive and ongoing criminal activity, can greatly affect the outcome one way or the other.
For The Better
The family law team at Farah & Farah has been representing families working through divorce since 1979. Over the years, we have fine tuned our client-driven approach that focuses on achieving the best possible outcome for you and your family, while taking the emotional weight of the situation into consideration at all times. For a free consultation, contact us today at (904) 263-4610 or use our online form.