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Paul E. Riffel Tampa Estate Planning Attorney

What is an uncontested divorce?

There are several ways of going about a divorce: One is an uncontested divorce. But what exactly does that mean?

A divorce may be uncontested from the very beginning, or it may turn into an uncontested divorce later. But in order to have an uncontested divorce, the parties must agree on all issues involving children, assets, debts, and alimony.

There can be no outstanding issues in an uncontested divorce.

In such a divorce, the parties enter into a Marital Settlement Agreement, which is a contract dealing with all of these issues, and if there are children involved they also enter into a parenting plan, which is a detailed schedule of how the parents plan to share time with the children.

Documents such as a petition, an answer, and a waiver, as well as financial affidavits still must be filed. And the court will schedule a hearing before a final judgment can be entered.

Uncontested divorces are usually a much easier, cheaper, and more pleasant for all involved, and it is in the best interest of the parties, as they are in the best position to create a parenting plan and divide their assets and liabilities.

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