An uncontested divorce or dissolution of marriage is one in which both spouses agree on how to divide assets, liabilities, real property, parenting responsibility, time-sharing, child support, alimony, etc.—usually before filing a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage. When the divorce is not contested, the Court may enter a final judgment in as little as 20 days from the date the action is filed.
This is not the same as a simplified dissolution of marriage, which requires the following:
- The parties have no minor children in common.
- The parties make no claim for alimony.
- The parties agree on the division of assets and liabilities and certain other procedural requirements.
Although you may not have a written agreement with your spouse in place yet, the attorneys at Nicole L. Goetz, P.L. can assist you in reaching and drafting such an agreement. We can also help guide you through the dissolution of marriage process and provide valuable legal advice that will aid you when determining how to divide your assets, liabilities, financial obligations, etc. We can also review an agreement that you or your spouse have drafted and provide assistance and advice to you before you reach a settlement.
It is unethical for one attorney to represent both parties in a divorce because there is a conflict of interest. However, we can draft or review an agreement to protect your interests in an uncontested divorce.
Whether your divorce is riddled with animosity and contention or you and your partner intend to resolve the matter amicably, our knowledge, experience, and high ethical standards will help you navigate the legal waters in which you find yourself. We can guide you every step of the way. To schedule a confidential consultation with the attorneys at Nicole L. Goetz, P.L. in order to attempt to reach an uncontested resolution of your case, contact our office in Naples, Florida.
These are some of the areas in which we provide advice:
- Appeals and/or the Correction of Judicial Orders
- Intrastate, Interstate and International Jurisdiction Issues
- Separate Maintenance
- Divorce, including cooperative resolution through negotiation, mediation or the Collaborative Law process
- Parental Responsibility
- Equitable Distribution (property division), including treatment of mixed marital and non-marital assets and of complex assets such as closely-held companies, retirement assets and equity compensation
- Child Support
- Challenge, Defense and Drafting of Agreements (prenuptial, postnuptial, cohabitation, separation, and settlement agreements)
- Settlement and Negotiation Strategies
- Collaborative Law
- Litigation Strategies, including expert selection and retention
- Domestic Torts or other Civil Claims
- Name Change
- Uncontested Divorce
- Limited Appearances or Assistance