Uncontested Divorce Document Preparation
North Miami Beach Family Law Attorney
North Miami Beach divorce lawyer Michael Lechtman has over 39 years of experience in family law. In addition to representing clients in contested divorce proceedings, Mr. Lechtman helps couples prepare and file the necessary documents to complete an uncontested divorce. He is committed to helping families find affordable solutions, and to minimizing legal fees for clients throughout Hollywood, Fort Lauderdale, and Dade County.
Simplified Dissolution of Marriage
The Florida Dissolution of Marriage Statute encourages the amicable resolution of disputes whenever possible in divorce proceedings. The elimination of “fault” as a basis for divorce prevents unnecessary litigation and expensive legal costs in the already stressful process of ending a marriage. This simplifies the procedure for a no-contest divorce, drastically reducing the attorney’s fees normally required in contested cases. Although experienced counsel is still helpful to correctly prepare the necessary documents and timely file them in court, clients receive the same service at a much lower cost with no surprise legal fees.
Eligibility for Uncontested Divorce
Not all couples qualify for this simplified procedure. At least one party must have lived in Florida for at least 6 months prior to filing for divorce. The parties must also agree that the marriage cannot be saved, and resolve all the pertinent legal issues before filing. Florida law imposes additional requirements for eligibility, including:
- No adopted children under 18
- Wife is not currently pregnant
- Waive right to trial and appeal
- No minor or dependent children
- Neither party is seeking alimony
- Agreement on division of property
- Agreement on who will pay liabilities
Further, both parties must sign the petition for divorce before the circuit court clerk and appear together for a final hearing. The parties do not have to be present at the same time to sign the petition, but should bring a valid picture identification to show the deputy clerk. If you meet all these criteria for an uncontested divorce, the next step is to prepare and file the documents.
Prepare and File Documents
An uncontested divorce petition must be filed on Florida Simplified Divorce Form 12.901(a). In addition, the parties must file supporting documents, including the Financial Affidavit Form 12.902(b) or (c), notice of social security number, and a marital settlement agreement. An experienced attorney can provide low-cost document preparation and related services, including:
- Marriage settlement agreement
- Negotiations with the other party
- Efficient and timely filing in court
- Resolution of applicable legal issues
- Explanation of legal terms and process
- Parenting plan and child support forms
Eliminating often-disputed issues like the division of assets and support payments goes a long way in speeding up the process of divorce. Organizing all the paperwork, filing the documents, and preparing for the final hearing are even more helpful in smoothing the way forward. A knowledgeable family law attorney can provide fast, affordable service in uncontested divorce cases.
If you require legal assistance preparing documents for an uncontested divorce, South Florida family law attorney Michael Lechtman can help. Mr. Lechtman provides low-cost service in fast divorce cases throughout Florida. Our office also serves South Florida residents around the world in military divorce proceedings. Call (305) 652-9500 today for a complimentary consultation or contact us online.