Flat Rate of $895.00 uncontested divorce fee includes consultation with licensed Florida divorce attorney, drafting all your dissolution documents, sending documents to your spouse, and preparing documents for filing with the Florida Court in your county. Court fees vary by county but usually range from $410.00-$450.00, this is due at the time of filing with the court. Once all your documents are filed with the court, your divorce can take as little as 20 days for a final judgment. (Sometimes times varies depending on each court’s docket and Calander availability. There is no guarantee that your divorce will be signed within 20 days).
What is an uncontested divorce? An uncontested divorce divides and defines the marital assets and obligations; if needed, establishes support and parental duties but eliminates the trial process as your agreement will be elevated to a court decree upon final approval by the court. However, where both parties are open to communication and are amicable, in most cases this is the least expensive way to divorce.
How do I get started? Just set up your first phone consultation on the “contact us” page. The nonrefundable consultation fee will be subtracted from your $895.00 total. The balance becomes due upon signing an attorney fee agreement when you request to move forward with your uncontested divorce paperwork. You will pay your court filing fee at the time of court filing. (Each county has a list of dissolution fees posted online.)
I am not sure if my spouse will sign the documents, can I make her? This can sometimes be a nerve-racking process because there is no way to tell if a spouse will actually sign your divorce documents. However, if there is a possibility that your spouse is in agreement with your proposed divorce, you could save yourself and your spouse a lot of headaches and money. Unfortunately, you cannot make your spouse sign the divorce documents and send them back. If this is the case, and you find that your spouse is reluctant to sign your divorce, you can change your case from an uncontested to a contested matter. (Contested matters are not included in the $895.00 fee). To change from an uncontested to contested divorce, please click here.
Can I get a refund if my spouse does not sign the divorce documents? No. The $895.00 fee covers the work that a licensed attorney puts into your case when consulting, drafting, and preparing your divorce paperwork.
If there is no guarantee that my spouse will sign the documents, why should I try an uncontested divorce first? An uncontested divorce will have a minimal financial impact and your financial well-being. In an uncontested divorce your emotional recovery time is significantly less not to mention a significant costs savings. If there is a possibility of saving $8,000.00-$12,000.00 or more in litigation costs, an uncontested divorce might be a good place to start.
My spouse agrees to the divorce but disagrees on property division or child related matters, can we still do an uncontested divorce? No. Unfortunately, to have a truly uncontested divorce, you must be in agreement on all issues, including divorce, property division, spousal support, child support, parenting plan and time-sharing, and all other matters. This type of divorce may only occur where both parties agree that divorce is the best option for your marriage and both parties are open to communication and are amicable.
What if my spouse and I are close to a resolution but we need a little help getting to an agreement? In this case, I would suggest filing a contested matter and setting up a mediation. You can always try an uncontested first, then move to a contested matter at an additional fee. In some cases, if the documents need to be tweaked or modified to accommodate an agreement, this can be done at an additional hourly rate. Our office also handles contested and litigation matters at our attorney hourly rate.
Do I have to go to a court hearing? In most cases, no. Most counties in Florida now have a process where an attorney can include an affidavit that takes the place of a final hearing. However, there are some courts that still require you to appear at a final hearing (just depends on the particular judge your case is assigned). In those cases, they are now usually over Zoom or video conference any only last about 5-10 minutes. If you are located out of town, we can even file a motion for you to appear by phone or electronic means.
Can I file in Florida if I moved out of Florida? Maybe. Only one party is required to have resided in Florida for at least 6 months prior to the filing date of your divorce.
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