A divorce can be a very complex and emotionally draining process for any family. There are often various issues of contention that are required to be "worked out" or ruled upon by the court prior to divorce becoming final.
A contested divorce occurs when there are divorce related issues that are being contested by either spouse. A contested divorce is often more costly, take a longer period of time to successfully end a marriage, and often results in final rulings made by the judge based upon the authority granted under Florida Divorce Guidelines and Statutes. A contested divorce is more common when children and marital property are an issue.
An uncontested divorce, also called a collaborative divorce, occurs when all related divorce issues are amicably agreed upon prior to related divorce hearings. An uncontested divorce is often less costly, take a shorter period of time to successfully end a marriage, and often eliminates rulings that a judge may otherwise have to make in a divorce case. An uncontested divorce is more common when children and marital property are not an issue.
Within each specific area of a divorce there are specific Florida Statutes and Divorce related Guidelines that the court will take into consideration when the court makes rulings in divorce hearings.
In any minor child issue, the court will make rulings in what it perceives as in the best interest of the child (or children). To see what the court generally considers in child related divorce disputes, click here for our Timesharing and Shared Parenting page... click here for our Child Support page.
In alimony cases, the court will ensure that alimony is both warranted and that the spouse that is to pay alimony has the means to do so without being placed in financial hardship. Click here for our Alimony Page.
Regardless of what your divorce related issues may be, obtaining the advice and representation of experienced legal counsel may provide you the best opportunity to resolve specific areas of contention through mediation and/or give you the best opportunity to successfully achieve your goals in a divorce.
When you must address legal issues relating to divorce or other family law issues or disputes, we urge you to be proactive in ensuring your legal rights are protected and that you are treated fairly.
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