Divorce is rarely easy or pleasant. Most people don’t expect to go through a divorce when they get married; however, it happens across the country every day.
If you decide that divorce is in your future, it is important to understand the process and if you must go to court.
At Griffin Family Law, you can count on me to provide the services and advice needed to help you through this process. As a premier Neptune divorce lawyer, I am committed to helping my clients achieve their goals.
Here you can learn more about divorce in Florida and when you may and may not have to go to court.
Getting a Divorce without Going to Court
Now, I will answer the question of whether you can get a divorce in the Sunshine State without going to court.
The short answer to this common question is that you will have to go to court in all situations besides an uncontested divorce situation.
In all divorce cases in the state of Florida, it is required that at least one spouse shows up in court, and, in most situations, both spouses must be there.
However, your situation meets the requirements for an uncontested dissolution of your marriage; you may not have to go to court.
Here are a few things you need to know about every type of divorce.
The Contested Divorce
If you and your spouse don’t agree on the main issues of your divorce, it is called contested. In many situations, common disagreements involve asset and debt division, child support, child custody, and alimony. For contested divorces, the court decides on these issues; however, both parties must be present in court.
The Uncontested Divorce
If you and your spouse can agree on all the main issues of your divorce, it is called an uncontested divorce. In this type of divorce, your situation may require you to go through a simplified dissolution or standard uncontested dissolution.
- You can opt for a simplified dissolution of marriage if the following apply to your situation:
- You and your spouse have agreed that the marriage is irretrievably broken
- You don’t have any children with your spouse
- You agree to the main issues related to your divorce
- You and your spouse waive the right to an appeal or trail
- You and your spouse don’t desire financial information beyond what is listed in your financial affidavit
- Neither spouse wants alimony
If you have a relationship that qualifies you for a simplified dissolution of your marriage, then you and your spouse must go to court. If you don’t meet all the stipulations above, then a standard uncontested dissolution of marriage can be the best option.
You must agree to the main issues of the divorce and sign a financial affidavit and marital settlement agreement. However, only one person must attend the final divorce hearing.
Hire a Neptune Beach Family Lawyer for Help with Your Divorce
If you are planning to divorce, it is smart to contact my office to schedule a consultation. I can provide advice and guidance regarding your divorce proceedings and help you understand the options you have regarding going to court or avoiding a hearing.