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Uncontested Divorce

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While some divorces can be conflicted, other couples are luckier and can agree on the essentials of the separation. This kind of divorce is referred to as an uncontested divorce. These types of separations are usually shorter and less expensive.

They also require the couple agree on the following:

  • Property division
  • Child custody
  • Child support
  • Spousal support

Requirements

There are some limitations to uncontested divorces. While the couple may agree on most things, they also must meet the following criteria:

  • Must not have a child under the age of 18
  • Wife must not be pregnant
  • At least one spouse must have lived in Florida for at least 6 months
  • Spouses agree on division of property and debts
  • Neither spouse is seeking spousal support
  • Both spouses agree the marriage is broken and want a simplified dissolution of marriage

Simplified dissolution is the best way for couples to end their marriage amicably and can cooperate with each other during the divorce. You both can file a financial affidavit rather than turn over financial information to one another, which often expedites the process.

How it Works

In order to get the process started, you will need to prepare a Petition for Simplified Dissolution. File the completed form with the circuit court clerk’s office for the county where either you or your spouse lives. There are filing fees, but they vary by county. While you and your spouse agree on how to divide the property, it is best to put your agreement in writing. Prepare a written marital settlement document, which you and your spouse can sign and file with your petition. You should also fill out a Final Judgment of Simplified Dissolution of Marriage, which a judge will sign when your divorce is finalized.

You and your spouse will need to appear before the court for a short hearing before your divorce. The judge will verify you or your spouse has lived in Florida for at least 6 months, which you can prove with a drivers’ license or witness with knowledge of your residency. The judge will also make sure you and your spouse meet all the eligibility requirements for an uncontested divorce. After the verification, he or she will sign the final judgment, and you will be officially divorced.

Contact Our Experienced Advocates Today

If you need assistance with your uncontested divorce, don’t hesitate to call our experienced Fort Myers divorce attorneys. Powell, Jackman, Stevens & Ricciardi, P.A. can offer you dedicated and caring service with more than 54 years of combined legal experience. Let us exceed your expectations with our dedication to your family law issue.

To get your case started, contact us at (239) 970-6844 or fill out our online form to schedule a case consultation. Se habla Español.

Meet Our Attorneys

  • William M. Powell, Esq.
    William M. Powell, Esq. Partner
  • Rita M. Jackman
    Rita M. Jackman Partner
  • Adam J. Stevens
    Adam J. Stevens Partner
  • Richard M. Ricciardi, Jr.
    Richard M. Ricciardi, Jr. Partner
  • Jorge Santana
    Jorge Santana Partner
  • William M. Powell, Esq. Partner
    William M. Powell, Esq.

    Although William M. Powell, Esq. is well-versed in a variety of legal matters and case types, he has built a strong reputation through his focus on personal injury and medical malpractice cases. Your Advocates are proud to have him as a member of our law firm. He shares our passion for helping people in need and prioritizes our clients’ needs. Read More

  • Rita M. Jackman Partner
    Rita M. Jackman

    Ms. Jackman’s unwavering ambition and leadership has provided clients and will provide her future clients a star in this profession. Ms. Jackman is a relentless researcher and preparer who handles her client tasks with a tremendous amount of preparation and thought. Ms. Jackman was born and raised in Cape Coral, Florida which has worked to benefits her practice and the clients that she serves. Read More

  • Adam J. Stevens Partner
    Adam J. Stevens

    Mr. Stevens has found his niche by becoming a litigation attorney and understands that communication between an attorney and client are paramount to obtaining favorable results. Mr. Stevens is known for taking on any and all types of cases no matter how difficult or routine they may be. Mr. Stevens is known as an aggressive attorney, though at the same time understands that some cases require a more patience to ensure a favorable result. Mr. Stevens does not shy away from challenging legal issues and has litigated complex matters against municipalities, international unions, large banking institutions, and several insurance companies. Read More

  • Richard M. Ricciardi, Jr. Partner
    Richard M. Ricciardi, Jr.

    His experience in litigation provides him the ability to identify and isolate potential areas of conflict and effectively counsel clients around potential pitfalls. Mr. Ricciardi believes that proper estate planning, real estate counsel, and business planning are areas of importance to everyone. Protecting and dispensing clients' various interests, assets, and lifetime earnings can make the difference between a comfortable retirement and wasting thousands of dollars in assets and earnings. Specialized knowledge, experience and attention to detail in these areas is therefore critically important. Read More

  • Jorge Santana Partner
    Jorge Santana

    Attorney Jorge J. Santana, Jr. is an American born Cuban-American, fluent in both English and Spanish. Jorge left Miami to join us here in beautiful and peaceful Fort Myers, Florida in March 2015. He has an extreme love for the law, which is only overshadowed by his desire to help all those in need. His reputation for fairness, hard work and honesty is respected by all his clients and attorneys. Read More

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