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Going through a divorce is an incredibly difficult and stressful time. The emotional and financial upheaval and changes can feel like a nightmare. Most people who go through a divorce ask questions such as, “what can I expect from the divorce process?” and “what can I expect in my divorce case in particular?”

Oftentimes, knowing what to expect in a divorce case helps lower the stress level. Below is a discussion of different types of divorce cases. It is important to note that every situation is unique and the type of divorce and length of the proceedings will vary depending on the complexity of the issues in the case, such as, child custody issues, equitable distribution of marital property, etc.

Four Types of Divorce Proceedings in Orange and Osceola Counties

In general, there are four types of divorce cases:

1. Contested Divorce

The majority of divorce cases are contested divorces, or cases in which the parties disagree on some issue. Whether it is a disagreement about child custody or division of marital assets, the parties involved in a divorce often disagree on at least one important issue. In addition, divorces are highly emotional for the parties. Abuse, drug/alcohol issues, desertion, infidelity, etc. often lead to heated disagreements about the issues in the divorce.

2. Uncontested Divorce without Children

An uncontested divorce without children is less common than a contested divorce. However, there are some divorce cases where the parties will agree on every issue related with regard to their case. An uncontested divorce will generally move through the system more smoothly and a lot faster.

3. Uncontested Divorce with Children

If minor children are involved, the court will generally accept the parties’ agreement with respect to issues such as child custody. However, the court may order counseling in an attempt to effect a reconciliation.

4. Simplified Divorce

In some situations, the parties may file for a simplified divorce. There are certain statutory prerequisites which must be met before filing for a simplified divorce in Florida. There cannot be any minor children and the wife cannot not be pregnant, etc. In addition, there is a 20 day waiting period.

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Get The Help You Need Filing for Divorce in Orange, Osceola Counties and all of Central Florida

If you would like more information about obtaining a divorce in these counties, please contact Attorney Steen J. Brown. Call 407-344-3400.