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What Is The Difference Between A Contested And Uncontested Divorce?

Listen as Linda Gruszynski discusses the difference between a contested and uncontested divorce.

If you live in Florida and you are considering a divorce, you may have heard the terms “contested divorce” and “uncontested divorce”, and how yours is categorized will determine what you will need to do. Let’s take a look at the differences.

An uncontested divorce is as its name states. It means that both parties in the divorce have reached a mutual agreement that resolves all issues pertaining to the marriage or its dissolution. Issues such as property, financial assets, and custody are discussed. Any decision has to have agreement from both parties.

There are also several documents that need to be filed when you file for an uncontested divorce. These include a financial affidavit, notice of Social Security Number, and if children are involved, a Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Enforcement. That tells the courts with whom the children have been residing for the past 5 years. The affidavit lists net and gross income, as well as any deductions. Child support will then be calculated by checking net income and other expenses that the party may have relating to the children.

A contested divorce means that both parties are not in agreement on all issues. This may require the help of a mediator, and if that doesn’t work, it may require a trial. Contested divorce cases generally take longer to complete. You have to make sure that you have all of the necessary paperwork and information to make an informed decision. Watch the video to learn more.

If you have additional questions about the types of divorce in Florida, call the experienced Kissimmee family law attorneys of Draper Law Offices at 407-846-0075. I welcome your call.

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