Professional Attorneys Provide Counsel for Uncontested Divorce Cases in Jacksonville
Let our knowledge take the stress out of the process
If you have decided to dissolve your marriage, the Law Offices of Carol M. Galloway, P.A. can help you pursue the most efficient and least stressful process for achieving optimum results. In an uncontested divorce, you and your spouse agree to the terms of your divorce and present the court with a complete marital settlement agreement for approval. When the court approves, your marital settlement becomes the basis for the divorce decree, which can be issued within a few months. Since 2013, our firm has helped numerous Floridians in uncontested divorce proceedings, and we are prepared to provide the reliable representation you need to achieve your goals.
How to get an uncontested divorce in Jacksonville, Florida
To qualify for a divorce in Florida, the Petitioner must have been a resident of the state for at least six months. Florida is a no-fault state, so you do not have to allege marital misconduct, but simply attest that the marital relationship is irretrievably broken. However, before you head out to the courthouse, it’s important to understand that an uncontested divorce requires a bit of preplanning.
First, you must consider how your children affect proceedings. If you do not have minor children from the marriage, you can file for a simplified divorce and get a decision shortly after the 20-day waiting period. But if you have children, you are required to take a court-approved parenting course before the court can issue a divorce decree.
The most important consideration is whether and how you and your spouse can reach agreement on the ancillary issues of your divorce: alimony, child custody, child support, and property division. Blindsiding your spouse with divorce papers will not make it easier to reach agreement on these issues. Discussing your desire to dissolve the marriage, and the terms you think would be fair, can get you started on the right foot. But before you even do that, you should consult an experienced divorce lawyer.
Representation you can count on from experienced and dedicated uncontested divorce lawyers
At the Law Offices of Carol M. Galloway, we help our clients achieve uncontested divorces through several paths:
- Traditional negotiation — In this scenario, each spouse is represented by an attorney, who negotiates the settlement on their behalf.
- Mediation — A neutral third party guides the spouses through discussions towards a mutually beneficial compromise. The mediator need not be an attorney, but parties who go with a non-attorney mediator may encounter legal difficulties with their settlement. We recommend that you hire an attorney to mediate or have an attorney review the settlement before you sign.
- Collaborative divorce — In this cooperative process, one attorney represents both spouses and helps them reach a settlement. The attorney promises not to participate in any litigation, so if the parties withdraw from the collaborative process, they must start over from scratch with new representation.
You chances of success with uncontested divorce depend on several factors, such as the skill of the attorney(s) you hire, the degree of trust that remains between the parties, and the willingness of the parties to work cooperatively to reach a settlement agreement. Even if your attempt at uncontested divorce fails, your time is rarely time wasted. Many parties reach a partial settlement, and in the process you can learn a great deal that will carry over to your hearings on the unsettled issues.
Contact our Jacksonville family law attorneys for help with uncontested divorce
Uncontested divorce can save you a lot of time, anxiety and expense. To learn more about your options, call Law Offices of Carol M. Galloway, P.A. in Jacksonville at 904-356-7005 or contact us online to schedule a consultation.