Divorce is always a stressful process, even in the case of uncontested divorce Tampa. Before you file for an uncontested divorce, here are a few things you should do.
Hire a Lawyer
You might think that in the case of uncontested divorce you won’t need a lawyer. Even if there isn’t any fighting over assets or custody, it’s still a good idea to have a lawyer look at your case and go over the paperwork with you. They might also advise you on issues you hadn’t even thought of.
Plan for the Worst
Even in an uncontested divorce, don’t assume your spouse will be amicable. Don’t trust them to make decisions for you and deal with the divorce fairly. Go over everything on your own, and with your lawyer, and stand up for yourself when necessary. Most likely everything will run smoothly, but assuming your spouse will treat you nicely and fairly can end up with you getting the short end of the stick.
Invest in Mediation
Hire a mediator early on in the process to help both of you work through any issues that may arise. It’s much easier to resolve these issues ahead of time than in court in front of the judge. Mediation will ensure you don’t get caught off guard later with an unexpected problem that disqualifies you from an uncontested divorce.
Don’t Be Afraid of Contested Divorce
Speaking of unexpected issues, don’t be afraid to change your mind and have a contested divorce. There are plenty of worthwhile things to fight for and there is no need to be embarrassed if you realize an uncontested divorce is not going to work for you. The important thing is that you get the most optimal outcome in court and if that means fighting over issues with your spouse, there is no shame in that.
While this is likely an overwhelming and difficult time, there is plenty of help and support. You don’t have to do this alone.