Are You Fully Prepared For Your Divorce?
If you and your spouse agree that a divorce is the best option moving forward, then you may want to consider filing for an uncontested divorce. This way, you can avoid unnecessary arguments, considerably speed up the legal process and hit the ground running as you move on to the next phase of your life. However, filing for an uncontested divorce doesn’t mean that the wrong phrasing in your paperwork or a piece of information you glossed over won’t have a devastating impact on your life sometime in the future – hiring an experienced divorce attorney can help you make sure everything is in order and avoid any unforeseen and unfortunate consequences.
Just because you agree with your soon to be ex-spouse doesn’t mean that you should neglect taking measures to protect yourself from unforeseen consequences. At Givens Givens Sparks, our Tampa divorce attorneys have spent decades providing families and individuals with the passionate and knowledgeable legal representation they need to secure the beneficial outcome they deserve. No matter how far into the divorce process you are, our attorneys are ready to discuss your case and help you prepare for your future.
Do I Qualify For An Uncontested Divorce?
In order to qualify for an uncontested divorce in Florida, you and your spouse must meet a number of criteria. The first of which is that you must have lived in Florida for at least six months. In addition, you and your spouse must:
- Agree that your marriage is beyond repair.
- Have no children under the age of 18, children who are still dependents, and neither you nor your spouse can be pregnant.
- Agree as to how all assets and liabilities will be divided.
- Neither you nor spouse may seek alimony.
- Neither you nor your spouse can ask for financial information beyond what is available in the financial affidavits.
- Both you and your spouse must be willing to give up your rights to trial and to appeal the final decision.
- Both you and your spouse must be willing to sign the petition in the clerk’s office, not necessarily at the same time.
- Both you and your spouse must be willing to go to the final hearing together.
What If I Change My Mind?
Uncontested divorces may move faster than contested divorces, but they still take time to process and complete. If, at any point during the process before signing the final papers you change your mind and choose to fight to change the terms of your divorce, it is within your power to do so. While it’s in your best interest to hire legal representation to help you throughout your uncontested divorce, it becomes even more important to have an attorney by your side when you chose to change to a contested divorce.
Call us at (813) 375-0109 to discuss your case with a member of our firm today.
You Don’t Need To Face Your Divorce Alone
Our Tampa divorce lawyers at Givens Givens Sparks have dedicated their careers to providing individuals and families with the legal representation they need to secure the most beneficial outcome. With more than 135 years of collective experience, you can rest easy knowing that your case is in capable hands. Whether you are deep into your divorce process or if you’ve just started to think about it, fill out our online form to request a case evaluation or call us at (813) 375-0109 to speak with a member of our firm today.