Can you file for an uncontested divorce?

The decision to end your marriage is a choice that will have consequences that will impact the rest of your life. In the months and years ahead, you will experience various changes in your finances, where you live and even in the relationship you have with your children. It is not easy to walk through the divorce process, even if you and the other party are amicable and resolve to work together cooperatively.

There are different divorce options available to you. For example, if there are remaining disputes you need to resolve before the divorce can be final, you will need to file for a contested divorce. However, if you and the other party are already in agreement on the terms of your final divorce order, you may have the option to file for a contested divorce.

The requirements of an uncontested divorce

One of the benefits of an uncontested divorce is that it is faster and easier than other types of divorce. However, not all Florida couples are eligible for an uncontested divorce, even if both spouses are willing to work together to resolve the remaining terms of the divorce order. In order to file for an uncontested divorce, you must meet one of the two following requirements:

  • One spouse files for divorce, and in the petition, he or she asks for specific things such as joint custody, spousal support and more. The other spouse never responds, and the case proceeds without contest due to his or her lack of participation.
  • Both spouses are in agreement on all remaining divorce issues, including child custody and financial support. They submit an agreement to the court, which is subject to its approval.

An uncontested divorce is often less stressful than other divorce options as there is no need for ongoing litigation. Additionally, it may cost less than other types of divorce, and you may find that you are able to move forward to your post-divorce life sooner.

Is it right for you?

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to divorce. If you are unsure of how to handle your divorce concerns, you may benefit from seeking professional guidance regarding your legal options. Your future is at stake, even during an uncontested divorce, but you do not have to navigate it alone.