Divorce proceedings depend on whether or not it is a contested or uncontested divorce. In an uncontested divorce, both parties agree to the terms of the divorce. In a contested divorce, each party disagrees about the terms of dissolution. Disagreements in contested divorces are often over assets like homes, automobiles, bank accounts, retirement accounts, and child custody.
How Much Does it Cost to File for Divorce in Florida?
The price of a divorce varies depending on the type of divorce and the location where it is being pursued. Before you file, you should first research the cost of filing and other related expenses in your area. The filing fee in Florida is usually $408, though other costs might be involved.
You may incur additional expenses for the following divorce services:
- Dissolution of Marriage & Annulment
- Separate Spousal Maintenance
- Custody, Visitation, Paternity, & Support Payments
- Divorce Modifications
Some counties in Florida also impose separate fees for cross claims like:
- Custody, Visitation, Paternity, & Support Counterclaims
- Dissolution of Marriage & Annulment Counterclaims
- Separate Maintenance Counterclaims
Most counties also impose fees for miscellaneous services like processing documents, making copies, signatures, and more. You should research these fees prior to filing for your divorce.
How Long Does it Take to Get a Divorce in Florida?
The time frame for completing your divorce depends on whether or not it’s contested or uncontested. Uncontested divorces take anywhere from 4 to 5 weeks to complete. Because the parties agree on everything from child support to division of property in an uncontested case, they tend to be briefer than contested cases. This is because contested matters have more issues to negotiate or resolve, which means cases like these sometimes take more than 6 months to be heard.
Can I File for Divorce Without a Lawyer?
You can file for divorce without being represented by an attorney; however, it’s not recommended. An experienced lawyer can help guide you through unforeseen issues that often arise. Unless you and your spouse agree on all aspects of your divorce, you should seek legal assistance. At the Law Office of Russell S. Hershkowitz, L.L.C., we have represented clients in Florida family courts for decades. Our 25+ years of legal insight helps us ensure your rights are protected.
Contact our Altamonte Springs divorce lawyer, or call (407) 753-4111 for your free consultation.