Although there are certain elements of the divorce process that always work the same, each individual case is different based on the circumstances of the couple and how the two spouses wish to move forward.
The following are a few of the most common circumstances leading to entry of a divorce Judgment:
- Simplified divorce: You may be able to receive an expedited divorce procedure if you have not been married for long, do not own a lot of property together, do not have children and do not have substantial marital debt. For this to happen, both spouses must agree to the divorce and file papers in court. This simplified form of divorce requires less paperwork than others.
- Uncontested divorce: In an uncontested divorce, the parties work together to come to the terms of the divorce and execute a settlement agreement or consent final judgment of dissolution of marriage. This avoids a trial and most court appearances.
- Divorce Consequent to a Default: A court may grant a default divorce if you file the paperwork and your spouse never responds or participates in the court proceedings. This is the most common scenario when one of the parties cannot be located. However, the relief available may be limited depending on the paperwork filed and notice of action published.
- Divorce after agreement is reached at Mediation: In a mediated divorce, you work with the assistance of a third-party mediator to negotiate the terms of your divorce. This allows you to avoid the expensive and time-consuming process of court and gives you more control over the terms.
- Divorce afer Trial: This is the type of divorce that will result in court hearings. If possible, you and your spouse should work to avoid it — as it will be the most expensive option and gives you far less control over the outcome.
To learn more about your legal options when it comes to divorce, contact an experienced Jacksonville family law attorney today.
Attorney Andrea Jevic contributed to this post.