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Contested vs. Uncontested vs. Simplified: How Long Does a Divorce take in Florida?

Husband is giving pen to sign divorce papers his former wife aftThat’s a question we frequently get asked when people reach out to us about getting a divorce.

It’s a reasonable question when considering how the decision to dissolve a marriage is often accompanied by confusion, feeling overwhelmed, and a complex mixture of emotions—anxiety, relief, and sadness.

Once they’ve decided to divorce, many people just want to get it over with quickly and move on with their life.

The Type of Divorce Impacts How Fast the Process Takes in Florida

Florida recognizes three types of divorce. Each varies on the length of time it takes to go through the divorce process.

Simplified Dissolution of Marriage

A simplified divorce in Florida typically takes 30 days. This is the “quick” divorce you see mentioned frequently in divorce ads. This type of divorce is available to spouses who:

  • Have lived in Florida for at least 6 months
  • Agree to terms
  • Have no children
  • Are not seeking alimony

Uncontested Divorce

An uncontested divorce in Florida may range from four to six weeks. Spouses eligible for an uncontested divorce must agree to every detail of the dissolution of marriage, including:

  • Child support
  • Parenting plans
  • Alimony
  • Property and debt

Contested Divorce

Contested divorces in Florida can take up to six months, a year, maybe even several years depending on the complexity of the disputes in the marriage.

The process of a contested divorce includes:

  1. Filing a petition for dissolution of marriage
  2. Filing an Answer
  3. Filing required paperwork
  4. Discovery
  5. Mediation
  6. Parenting plans
  7. Hearing

The divorce discovery phase in Florida can take significant time while attorneys gather information relevant to the spouse’s case. Since a Contested Divorce requires a judge to make a ruling on the case, a hearing must be scheduled. In many Florida counties, it can take up to a year to get that day in court.

Below, we share several answers to questions you might have regarding how long it takes to get a divorce.

But first, if you’re considering a divorce, it’s in your best interest to have an attorney available to protect your rights.

Fusco Law Group can provide you with reliable and knowledgeable legal representation regarding a divorce. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to Fusco Law Group at (904) 567-3113 for a free consultation.

Frequently Asked Questions About How Long it Takes to Get a Divorce in Florida

How long does a divorce take in Florida?

The length of time it takes to get a divorce in Florida depends on the type of divorce. A simplified divorce may take 30 days. An uncontested divorce may range from 4 to 6 weeks. A contested divorce may take up to six months, a year, maybe several years depending on the disputes within the marriage.

How long does it take to get a divorce in Florida with a child?

If both spouses agree regarding custody, child support, and parenting plans, they can have an uncontested divorce, which may range from 4 to 6 weeks. If there are disagreements between the spouses regarding their children, the situation may be considered a contested divorce, which may take up to six months, a year, maybe several years depending on the nature of their dispute.

Does Florida have a waiting period for divorce?

Yes, Florida requires a 20 day waiting period once divorce papers are filed.

How do you get a quick divorce in Florida?

Often referred to as a “quick” divorce, a Simplified Dissolution of Marriage in Florida typically takes 30 days. If both spouses agree to terms, have lived in Florida at least 6 months, have no children, and are not seeking alimony, they may be eligible for this type of divorce.

Get the Legal Help You Need

A divorce can be a complicated legal process, especially when contested. An experienced Family Law Attorney can help protect your rights in a divorce.

Contact the Fusco Law Group: (904) 567-3113 for a free consultation.