A Fresh Start with Uncontested Divorce and Kids

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July is about more than just fireworks and cookouts. For some, it’s about marking a personal Independence Day through the resolution of marital ties via an uncontested divorce. Sure, the idea of dealing with divorce papers might not spark joy. But for those looking to split amicably and keep things straightforward, especially when kids are in the picture, taking the route of an uncontested divorce feels like a breath of fresh air.

Embracing the Agreement

In an uncontested divorce, both parties agree on critical aspects such as custody, support, and the division of property. This consensus typically means less stress and conflict. It creates an environment where both parents and children can continue relationships without the added strain of ongoing disputes. Think of it as less courtroom drama and more about finding a balanced way to restructure your family dynamics.

The Perfect Parenting Plan

Florida mandates a parenting plan in all divorce cases involving children. This plan is a bureaucratic requirement and the framework for your future co-parenting. It details how both parents will share responsibilities like healthcare, education, and daily routines. A well-thought-out plan meets legal standards and it addresses the practical needs of the children. It ensures they receive consistent care and support from both parents for their emotional and physical wellbeing.

Handling Child Support Fairly

Florida uses a straightforward formula to determine child support, which considers both parents’ incomes and the amount of time each spends with the children. The goal is fairness—ensuring that financial responsibilities are proportionate and in the best interests of the children. Child support provides for the essentials: food, shelter, healthcare, and education. Keeping the expenditures specific prevents financial disputes from overshadowing the children’s well-being.

Initiating the Process

To start, one spouse files a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage at the local circuit court. Since the divorce is uncontested, this step is more about documentation than confrontation. This process respects the mutual agreement and often maintains a positive relationship post-divorce. Filing is straightforward. Your attorney will help you get the paperwork right and reflect the agreements you’ve both committed to.
Preparing for the Final Hearing
Although the idea of a final hearing might seem formal, in the context of an uncontested divorce, it’s generally procedural. The hearing confirms that all agreements are fair and meet legal standards. It’s not about arguing points but confirming the details. This moment is significant as it legally concludes the divorce, allowing both people to move forward.

Celebrating a New Beginning

When the divorce is finalized, it’s time to commemorate a new phase of life. It’s a time to recognize the positive changes and the new structure of your family. This change, approached with respect and cooperation, sets a positive foundation for everyone involved, especially the children, as they adjust to their new normal.
If you’re considering this route and need some legal guidance—without getting dragged through a melodrama—you need the right legal team. We’re here to help you keep things simple, ensuring your legal process doesn’t turn into an emotional roller coaster.
There is a happy life waiting for you. Our trusted Legal Team provides bilingual legal services in Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach Counties. We handle all financial aspects of Florida Divorces, including Mediation, Alimony, Child Support, Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements, Post-Divorce Modification and Enforcement, and Asset Protection.

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Sergio Cabanas, Esq. founded the Cabanas Law Firm in 2006 and provides Divorce and Family legal services, as well as Estate Planning, to ensure his clients have planned for their newly single life and are protected after their divorce. He began his career in law in 1992 as a prosecuting attorney at the Broward County State Attorney’s Office, then continued his litigation track as an insurance defense attorney defending medical professionals against medical malpractice claims and expanded into disability and life insurance claims. Sergio is a Certified Mediator registered in the Supreme Court of Florida and a frequent speaker in the community about the importance of Estate Planning to keep families out of probate court and to prepare essential instructions in the event of disability or incapacity.