Pros and cons of getting an amicable divorce

On Behalf of | Mar 2, 2022 | Divorce |

For many couples, the thought of going through a divorce is overwhelming.

If you and your spouse want to end your marriage without the undue stress, financial burden and time commitment of a contested divorce, you have a better option.

Advantages of an uncontested divorce

Florida is a “no-fault” state, meaning you can file for divorce because of unreconcilable differences or because you simply do not wish to be together anymore. If you and your spouse agree that the marriage should end, there are several advantages to an uncontested divorce:

  • You can save precious time and money on legal processes and fees
  • You can avoid a stressful courtroom battle and maintain control of your settlement agreement
  • Services are available to help you finalize your divorce via mediation, coaching or therapy

Barriers to an amicable split

If every couple could break up amicably, there would be little need for family court. Property division and child custody issues are often a point of contention for divorcing couples, even when they do typically get along. In such cases, a judge must intervene and make a ruling. For example:

  • Without the supervision of the court, an abusive spouse can manipulate events, causing you to suffer
  • Because Florida is not a “community property state” where both spouses own everything jointly, you and your ex may struggle to agree on a fair settlement
  • Communication is key to a successful uncontested divorce, so you and your spouse must be on speaking terms to make it work

Each union is uniquely nuanced, but if you and your spouse are ready to part ways without a fight, then an uncontested divorce may be right for you.