Seeking an Uncontested Divorce in Tampa Bay?
In Florida an uncontested divorce is a divorce where the parties agree on all of the matters that must be settled in accordance with Florida Law. In an uncontested divorce, the minimum residency requirement of six months must be met. If you and your spouse have decided to end your marriage, and you wish to do so amicably and cost effectively, hiring a Tampa Bay divorce and family law attorney is still highly recommended and beneficial.
If you and your spouse agree on all of the matters that must be settled in your divorce, you may wonder why you would hire an attorney. The truth is that although most divorces never go to trial, spouses who set out to divorce amicably, can and do change their minds. If one or more issues become contested in the process of an uncontested divorce, the divorce becomes contested. In this case, you will want an experienced divorce attorney to represent you.
Minor Children and Uncontested Divorces
When the parties agree on child support and timesharing, a judge can sign a final divorce order as long as they deem it to be in the child’s best interests and it adheres to Florida’s Child Support Guidelines. Both parties must complete a parenting course which is standard for divorcing spouses in Florida and for unmarried parents who have established paternity and who co-parent. In the case of an uncontested divorce where minor children are present, it is important to get your divorce settlement right the first time. This can help you to avoid certain post judgement child custody issues, such as if one parent plans a long distant move or other child custody related issues arise. Read: “Parental relocation with a minor child”
Uncontested Divorces in Tampa Bay and Equitable Distribution
In an uncontested divorce the parties must agree on the terms of equitable distribution or property division. For couples with higher assets, this can be challenging but not impossible. Our attorneys can provide you with sound legal counsel and help you to mediate and negotiate the terms of property division.
Alimony and Uncontested Divorces
The term and amount of alimony can be agreed upon in an uncontested divorce in Florida. Both men and women can be ordered to pay alimony in Florida in both a contested divorce and uncontested divorce. The difference between alimony in a contested and uncontested divorce, is that you and your spouse are agreeing to the terms in an uncontested divorce. In a contested divorce that ends up in litigation, a judge will decide who will receive and who will pay it, the type, amount and the duration of alimony that will be ordered.
Modifying Issues After an Uncontested Divorce in Florida
As in any divorce, certain matters may or may not be modifiable or easily modifiable. It is crucial to ensure that the terms of your original agreement are worded and drafted appropriately and in accordance with the Statutes. As it applies to alimony, a knowledgeable Tampa divorce attorney will ensure that any alimony obligation will be noted on your agreement as modifiable, or non-modifiable. Child custody, timesharing and child support matters that arise post judgement are also subject to proving that there has been a substantial and permanent change of circumstances, stressing the importance of hiring an attorney who will protect your best interests and look to your safe and secure future in an uncontested or a contested divorce.
Contact Our Uncontested Divorce Attorneys Tampa Bay, FL
Nilo J Sanchez & Associates are seasoned divorce lawyers representing clients who need a family law attorney in Hillsborough County, Pinellas County and in Pasco County, FL. We have over 25 years of experience and specialize in Florida Family Law. If you’re seeking an uncontested divorce attorney in Tampa or surrounding areas in Tampa Bay, please call our office to schedule a consultation or use the form below to send us a secure message.