Types of Divorce
If you’ve been thinking about ending your marriage, or if your spouse has told you that he or she wants a divorce, you’ve probably started researching exactly what the process involves. You may be overwhelmed by how many different types of divorce there are. Below are some helpful explanations to get you started, but you would also benefit from meeting with an experienced family law practitioner who can provide you with advice specific to your circumstances.
Uncontested vs. Contested Divorce
The difference between uncontested divorces and contested ones comes down to whether you and your spouse agree on all of the issues at hand, including alimony (spousal support) and how to divide existing assets and liabilities. If you share children, you’ll also need to agree on parental responsibility (custody), time-sharing (visitation), and child support. If you’re in complete agreement, you can move forward with an uncontested divorce. You’ll simply need to prepare and file the necessary paperwork and then wait for the final hearing to take place, all of which can usually be completed in just a few months.
If you and your spouse disagree about any of these matters, you’ll need to proceed with a contested divorce. Contested divorces take considerably longer than uncontested ones, especially if they require a trial. In some instances, such as where there are complex legal issues or where the spouses are especially combative, uncontested divorces can take years to finalize.
If your divorce is contested, you may want to consider the collaborative divorce process. For many couples, collaborative divorce is a superior alternative to traditional litigation, which can be incredibly contentious and emotionally taxing. Collaborative divorce involves working with your spouse, along with your respective attorneys, to reach a mutually agreeable settlement without the need for court intervention. In addition to being less antagonistic than traditional divorce, collaborative divorce is also often less time-consuming and less expensive.
Need a Divorce Attorney in the Tampa Bay Area?
If you’re in need of a divorce attorney serving the Tampa Bay area, you can turn to the professionals at the Law Offices of Audrey A. Jefferis, P.A. Our skilled attorneys have experience handling all types of divorces and can help you determine which one is best suited to your needs. Contact us today to schedule a consultation at our main office in New Port Richey or at our satellite office in Palm Harbor.