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How are there ‘types of divorce?’ Isn’t divorce just divorce?

On Behalf of | Jul 1, 2016 | Divorce |

Some people understand more about the divorce process. Maybe their parents went through a divorce. Maybe a friend is in the process. Maybe someone has been divorced at least one time themselves. But for those who are new to this whole divorce thing, it can all suddenly seem surprisingly confusing.

For example, if you now know that divorce is in your future and are working with a family law attorney, you might be surprised when asked, “What kind of divorce is this going to be?” You might wonder what the lawyer means. A simple yet important aspect of the Florida divorce process is to determine whether your split is a contested or uncontested one.

The difference in divorce classification really boils down to this question: Do you and your spouse both agree on all terms of the divorce? Do you both want the divorce, and can you work together at least to come to an agreement on issues such as child custody, alimony, property division, child support, etc? If you both seem agreeable to terms and relatively amicable toward each other, a divorce lawyer can help you through the uncontested divorce relatively quickly.

As anyone who has somehow experienced divorce knows, however, many divorces are not uncontested. When spouses disagree on the important matters that go into dissolving a marriage, the legal term for their split in Florida is a contested divorce. While many would hope that they and their spouse could simply agree on everything and wrap their marriage up in an amicable divorce bow, human nature and complex histories tend to complicate things. And that is okay. It is expected.

Whether your divorce is contested or uncontested, the goal really is the same. You probably just want to move on to a clean slate in your life, toward a happier and secure future. The right divorce lawyer for you will listen to your goals and questions and address your concerns with honesty and clarity. They will listen to you now in order to help create the post-divorce future you have in mind.