Uncontested Divorce – The most important factor is attitude!
First, it bears mentioning that obtaining an uncontested divorce is only possible when both parties agree to settle. When a potential client comes in with a positive attitude of wanting to work their case out, then they greatly improve their chance of achieving that goal. The positive attitude of one party can positively influence the settlement mentality of the other party.
On occasion, a potential client comes into my office hurt and as a “matter of principal” wants to get back at their spouse. They insist on wanting the case to be handled in an aggressive manner and don’t care what it will cost. I personally will not take a case like this because no matter what I am paid, it is never worth it!
I do not profess to settle all of my cases, as there are legitimate issues that sometimes have to be decided by the Judge. However, I at least want my clients to believe it would be better to seek a reasonable settlement instead of spending unnecessary time and money fighting.
Enough said…here are my 15 steps:
15 steps to an uncontested divorce in Jacksonville
Step 1: Schedule a consultation with Steve by calling (904) 348-6723.
Step 2: Complete a New Client Information Sheet.
Step 3: Consult with Steve to discuss the facts of your case and to determine what you want to achieve.
Step 4: Sign a Retainer Agreement.
Step 5: Complete a Financial Affidavit.
Step 6: Steve prepares a Marital Settlement Agreement and other required documents for your review.
Step 7: Review the Marital Settlement Agreement and suggest any changes you believe are necessary.
Step 8: The Marital Settlement Agreement and your Financial Affidavit are delivered to your spouse.
Step 9: The Marital Settlement Agreement and your spouseâ€™s Financial Affidavit are returned to Steve.
Step 10: Review your spouseâ€™s Financial Affidavit. If you are satisfied with his/her representations, then sign the Marital Settlement Agreement and other required documents.*
Step 11: Steve files an â€œuncontestedâ€ Petition for Dissolution of Marriage, the signed Marital Settlement Agreement and other required documents with the Clerk of Court.
Step 12: Register for the Parenting Education class (only required when parties have a minor child or children together).
Step 13: Steve schedules a final hearing with the Judge assigned to the case. The final hearing is usually scheduled to take place 20 to 45 days after the case is filed.
Step 14: Appear with Steve at the final hearing. If the Judge approves the Marital Settlement Agreement, then the Judge will sign a Final Judgment of Dissolution of Marriage dissolving the marriage.
Step 15: Steve (or a 3rd party if needed) prepares any documents needed to transfer assets, such as Deeds, Qualified Domestic Relations Orders and/or Motor Vehicle Power of Attorneys.
Uncontested Divorce – a very important footnote below!
*If there are lingering or unanswered questions as to your spouseâ€™s financial situation (income, expenses, assets and/or liabilities) then the Marital Settlement Agreement should not be signed until questions are answered. This most likely will result in additional steps having to be taken.
Please feel free to contact Steve at (904) DIVORCE (348-6723), if you have any questions about obtaining an uncontested divorce in Jacksonville