Divorces - like the couples who make up the marriages themselves - come in all different shapes and sizes. Sometimes a divorce comes on suddenly - a party realizes his or her spouse is cheating, for example. Other times, a Husband and Wife sit down and realize that unfortunately, the marriage is no longer working and they both want to part ways.
Regardless of how the divorce comes about, sometimes couples can work everything out on their own. A full resolution of all issues includes division of assets (property, real estate, etc.) and liabilities (credit card debt, mortgage, loans, etc.); establishment of a parenting plan to govern timesharing (or custody) with the children; child support (if any); and whether or not either party owes the other alimony.In some instances, couples may even have no assets or debts, no children, and neither party wants alimony.
When parties reach an agreement, they have the option of filing what is commonly referred to as an "uncontested" divorce. An attorney can help you prep the proper paperwork in advance, including the Petition for Dissolution of Marriage, the settlement agreement (if any), and the parenting plan (if any) for a relatively low price in comparison to a traditional divorce, which typically costs each party anywhere from $2,500 to well over $10,000 in some highly contested cases.
It is important that you remember that one attorney can only represent one party in a divorce, so if you and your spouse seek an attorney to help you through an uncontested divorce he or she would only be legally representing one party. The other party would always have the option to seek independent legal counsel if he or she wanted to at a later time.
If you and your spouse are considering an uncontested divorce in the Tampa Bay area, contact an attorney with our firm today for a free consultation. We can help you understand all aspects of your divorce and can help you decide if this relatively low-cost option will work for you. Even if you are close to an agreement you can still have an attorney draft a settlement proposal to review with your spouse in hopes of resolving things quickly and cost-effectively.