Uncontested Divorce Lawyer in Jacksonville
If you and your spouse have decided to file for a divorce in Florida, you will have a few options regarding how you choose to handle it. The easiest and least stressful option is to work towards an uncontested divorce. It is less expensive, more cooperative, and much faster than the second option: a contested divorce.
An uncontested divorce means that you and your spouse will work together before filing to finalize the divorce to agree on your divorce’s significant terms. You may both choose to have a divorce lawyer present or may opt to hire a neutral mediator to help you through the complicated and sometimes contentious issues that go into agreeing to the terms of a divorce.
Whichever option you and your spouse choose, I can work with you to reach a fair and equitable outcome as efficiently as possible. My average time to have a couple divorced when all issues are settled is around two weeks.
Schedule an initial consultation with Jimenez Legal PA to begin hiring an experienced uncontested divorce lawyer in Jacksonville to help you through every step of the process.
How Can I Have an Uncontested Divorce?
To have an uncontested divorce, you and your spouse must agree to all of the pieces of your divorce. You and your spouse do not need to decide on everything right off the bat, only that you need to be willing to work together to agree. This willingness to collaborate is critical.
What Are the Benefits of a Collaborative Divorce?
There are quite a few benefits to having a collaborative divorce, but below are a few of the main reasons that you should try this option before initiating a contested divorce:
Less expensive: During a contested divorce, you will have many meetings with your lawyer, a lot of court fees, and the possibility of many missed days of work. These all cost money, so when you do not need to go through a contested hearing, you can have a significantly smaller financial burden.
Faster: If you can reach an agreement with your spouse quickly, you will be able to finalize your divorce in three months or less, depending on how long the family court takes to process it. During a contested divorce, you will be at the mercy of the courts for each date set in your hearing and any possible motion hearings that draw it out longer. Moreover, you have little control over the speed of these proceedings.
More cooperative: A divorce is never an easy process, and it is expected that you and your spouse will get emotional while trying to reach an agreement on the terms of the divorce. That said, agreeing to find a reasonable solution is more collaborative than taking your disagreements to court, which can be extremely combative. Moreover, the emotional trauma of going through the contested hearing process can cause even more long-term damage between you and your spouse. There are times when couples are left with no option except a hearing, but if you can avoid this, you will have a lot less stress throughout the process.
More control: When you leave the conditions of your divorce up to a judge, neither you nor your spouse is in charge of the decisions made about your lives. Suppose you can reach an agreement through mediation and collaboration outside of court. In that case, you can both be confident that you were each in charge of the decisions made, instead of leaving the decisions to an uninvolved third party. Having a judge decide may not be an issue for everyone, but many people prefer to be in charge of their divorce instead of leaving it up to a family court judge.
What Issues Must We Agree?
To manage a successful uncontested divorce, you and your spouse will need to agree on all of the essential terms of your divorce agreement.
Those terms include issues such as:
Remember, you and your spouse don’t have to agree on all terms regarding these factors at the outset. The critical thing to remember is that you will need to decide to work through these issues outside of court. Once you have reached an agreement, you will submit your divorce to the court, where a judge will review the terms and finalize it.
How Can I Help You?
Whether you need an uncontested divorce lawyer in Miami for mediation or representation through a collaborative divorce with your spouse and their lawyer, I will be happy to provide the family law services that best suit your needs. I have an extensive understanding of family law in Florida, and my services will be a great asset in getting you the outcomes that you want and deserve.
About the Firm
Jacksonville Divorce Law was founded by Antonio Jimenez, who is an experienced divorce and family law attorney assisting clients in Jacksonville, FL. If you need an attorney that will aggressively protect your rights, you can count on Antonio to help. Antonio prides himself on his ability to accurately advise you of the best course of action to meet your particular needs. If you need legal assistance on a family law matter, call him directly at 904-944-5663 for a free phone consultation with Antonio or an online virtual meeting.