Families come in different shapes and sizes. Some families don’t have children. Other families have a blend of children born prior to and during a marriage. A divorce may involve complicated property issues. Whatever issues you may face, it is important to tailor your divorce to your needs. An Orlando divorce lawyer with Christopher M. Sprysenski, P.A. can help you find the path that’s right for you.
From your first meeting with our firm, we will begin to determine the type of divorce that is right for you. Divorce proceedings can generally be described three ways:
An uncontested divorce occurs when both spouses agree how the marriage should end. Both spouses request that the court adopt a marital settlement agreement they have signed. This agreement outlines how the spouses’ assets and liabilities will be divided. A marital settlement agreement can also be used for agreements related to alimony. If the spouses have children, a shared parenting plan will also be required. An Orlando divorce lawyer will typically represent one spouse in filing the lawsuit to begin the case. The lawsuit will request that the court grant the divorce under the spouses’ agreements.
Some uncontested divorces can qualify as a simplified dissolution of marriage. To qualify as a simplified divorce, your uncontested case must meet the following criteria:
• Both spouses must agree that their marriage can’t be saved;
• The case must not involve children;
• Both spouses have agreed to the division of assets and debts;
• Neither spouse is seeking alimony or spousal support;
• Both spouses give up their right to a trial and to an appeal;
• The divorce lawsuit must be signed by both spouses; and
• Both spouses must attend a final hearing at the same time.
An Orlando divorce lawyer should review your case to determine whether you qualify for a simplified filing. A simplified dissolution of marriage can save you and your spouse time and money.
A contested divorce occurs when a disagreement results in spouses requesting the court to decide the case. The spouses are allowed to collect financial documents to support their positions. The spouses can present the testimony of witnesses to show the court why their proposal to end the divorce should be adopted. The spouses can also hire experts to help prove their case. For example, one spouse may be trying to prove that the other spouse is underemployed. A vocational expert can be hired to provide the court with testimony as to better jobs that are available in that spouse’s field.
Regardless of which path you choose, it is important to consult with an Orlando divorce lawyer. Our firm can examine the facts of your case, and give you practical advice as to how your case should move forward. Often times spouses who do not consult an Orlando divorce lawyer and move forward with making an agreement give up important rights.
Each of the three categories of divorce have ups and downs. Contested divorces can be expensive. Many spouses spend as much on attorneys as the value of the assets they may be fighting over. Our firm will help you identify the issues that may be settled, so that the Orlando divorce lawyer assisting you can budget your resources. This results in the most energy being put into your most important goals. Spouses who attempt an uncontested divorce without the assistance of an Orlando divorce lawyer often end up with agreements that don’t account for events in the future. If the spouses agree to sell the marital home, but do not agree on a sales price, what happens? It is important that one spouse works with an Orlando divorce lawyer prior to the signing of the agreement to ensure it reflects the true wishes of the spouses. Another consideration is that most attorneys will only be able to represent one spouse in an uncontested divorce.
In our detailed consultation process, an Orlando divorce lawyer will listen carefully to your concerns with getting a divorce. Based on your concerns, we will craft an approach to your case that is right for your goals, and your budget. Contact Christopher M. Sprysenski, P.A. to schedule a consultation with an Orlando divorce lawyer with our firm. Call us today at 407-630-8485. We offer payment plans and accept all major credit cards.