Attorney's commonly call divorces "uncontested" or "contested." These terms are not in any statute books. It is just a way of understanding the posture of a case. An "uncontested" case typically refers to a case that reaches a complete settlement prior to any litigation in court. Usually, it means that the person was not served a petition by a process server. The parties typically reach a settlement, sign a settlement agreement, and then the Petitioner files all the necessary documents, pays the court costs, and schedules an opportunity to have the judge sign a Final Judgment of Dissolution of Marriage. An uncontested divorce can save you a great deal of time, is less costly, and far less stressful.
Statistics and history have shown that not all marriages last. When a couple comes to the decision that their marriage is over, it is usually time for them to file for divorce. In many divorce cases it does not take much for the two parties to work out their differences and come to a relatively amicable agreement as to the terms of their divorce. There is no need for a trial.
Uncontested divorce cases involve both parties working together to come up with a settlement agreement that addresses issues such as child custody and support, alimony and property division. In an uncontested divorce there is no need for court litigation. Unlike contested divorce cases, where one party wishes to file for divorce while the other may or may not be aware of that fact, there is no need for a petition to be served by a process servers in an uncontested divorce case. The couple simply makes the mutual decision that the marriage has ended, they hammer out a divorce agreement, have their attorneys finalize the necessary documentation, pay any court fees and go before a judge to have the Final Judgment of Dissolution of Marriage signed.
If you are interested in finding out more about an uncontested divorce, our firm is here to help. We will advise you of your legal rights, see to it that your interests are well-represented and assist you in taking all the steps necessary to finalize your divorce. For close to a quarter of a century our firm has been offering high-quality legal services and top-notch divorce representation for those individuals in the Orlando area in need of counsel in divorce and family law matters. We understand the complexities involved in divorce proceedings and we have a full comprehension of the time and money that you can save through an uncontested divorce versus a contested divorce. We are also well aware of the stress and frustration that can be avoided if you and your spouse can come to an agreement, and file an uncontested divorce. Our attorneys are devoted to representing your best interests, regardless of the challenges your case may present. We are here to help you obtain a favorable outcome so that you can move on. Call an Orlando family attorney at Richard A. Heller, P.A. to find out more about uncontested divorce and what actions could be taken to help you avoid litigation.