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Contested vs. Uncontested Divorces in Florida

Just as every wedding and marriage is different, so too is every divorce. While some couples agree that it’s time to split and can negotiate the divorce terms amicably, others will dispute at every turn.

When couples come to us ready to divorce, one the many things we discuss is how they want to proceed – whether they would like to pursue an uncontested divorce or a contested divorce.

What’s the difference?

Uncontested divorces occur when both parties can reach an out-of-court agreement on the many divorce-related issues that need to be resolved. 

At the Vasquez de Lara Law Group, we begin uncontested divorces by negotiating in person before taking any steps to file in court. This is advantageous because it enables the couple to avoid lengthy court hearings (and fees!). It also alleviates some of the pressure of litigating and demonstrates that you are working to resolve issues voluntarily. 

The downside of uncontested divorces is that there are no strict timelines to keep the process moving. Everything is voluntary. For couples who agree on issues, an uncontested divorce can be much quicker than one that needs to move through the courts. But for others, a lack of timeline means the process can drag out.

Timelines and divorce

With contested divorces, on the other hand, the process begins by filing first before beginning to resolve issues. In addition to this difference, there are also always timelines to keep the divorce train moving forward. While a contested divorce is a long process, there are key dates and targets that continue to push the process forward.If you’re preparing to divorce and have questions about Florida family law, please get in touch with our team of legal professionals at the Vasquez de Lara Law Group.