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Costs can vary in any divorce, contested or not. However, uncontested divorces generally cost much, much less than a contested divorce – because both parties have agreed early on in the divorce process as to what each wishes to accomplish. An annulment is a legal procedure which cancels a marriage. Annulling a marriage is as though it is completely erased – legally, it declares that the marriage never technically existed and was never validIt can, particularly where one’s adulterous behavior has damaged the other spouse. In cases where adultery has cost the other spouse martial assets or property, or health, there can be serious consequences. Not exactly. While the Court will not tell the parents where they may live, the Court will consider where the parties live as a part of any time-sharing or custodial determination. An uncontested divorce can take as little as a month to accomplish. Generally, divorce pleadings or papers are drawn up by your attorney after you meet with them. They are then filed in many jurisdictions electronically. Not always. In Florida, paternity is determined by marriage. Simply being on a birth certificate does not confer legal paternity. That is why father’s are encouraged to establish paternity to establish their time sharing or custodial rights. If one spouse refuses to sign, then the case is simply considered contested. A default in this context means that your spouse failed to file papers, plead, or otherwise appear on your case. At the default hearing, the judge will swear you in, will ask you questions, and will check the Court file to make sure all is in order. The difference between a fault and a no fault divorce is the grounds for the divorce. In the first case, the spouse filing the divorce claims the other spouse is responsible for ruining the marriage, while in the other case no blame is placed on either party. Laws can vary in each state, however, Florida is a no fault state. In general, the Court will consider one party’s need and the other parties ability to pay alimony. In Florida, the length of ones marriage is very important. Then, the Court considers other factors such as the parties age, work history, present ability to work, length of marriage and health in determining whether alimony will be appropriate. To start the divorce process you need to speak with a qualified and experienced attorney.

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