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Divorce and Paternity

Dissolution of Marriage in Florida

 "Dissolution of marriage" is the legal term for ending a legal marriage under Florida divorce law.  Filing divorce or family law papers in court is the first step in the court process.


Before a Florida family court will enter a final judgment of divorce, the court must resolve the issues of: parental responsibility and time-sharing, equitable distribution of Marital assets and liabilities, alimony, child support and any other relevant issue.


Tampa Divorce Attorney Christophe Fiori represents individuals going through a divorce or family law case .  Many times t.  Hillsborough County, Pinellas County, Pasco County, Hernando County, and Polk County.


Is your divorce agreed?

Flat-Fee Uncontested Divorce

Flat-Fee Agreed Divorce

What is a Flat-Fee Agreed Divorce?

If you and your spouse have reached an agreement on your divorce, you are eligible for a Tampa Flat Fee Divorce.  This means that the cost of your divorce will be a fixed amount. 


Reaching an agreement and good communication can make the process of a divorce less painful and less costly.  Divorce proceedings, even uncontested divorce, can become complicated.  


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Uncontested divorce attorney Christophe Fiori represents men and women going through a divorce and who have amicably resolved all the issues of their divorce on a flat fee for legal services. Generally this type of divorce is known as an uncontested divorce. One of the benefits of an uncontested divorce is that legal fees are generally low, and often times a flat fee for legal services.

How Do I Know if My Divorce is Uncontested?

Your divorce proceeding is uncontested if you and your spouse agree on all aspects of your divorce. This means that your spouse answers stating that he or she does not contest any allegations in the divorce petition.  Or if after petition and answer, you and your spouse come to an amicable resolution to all issues.


Once you and your spouse reach an agreement on all issues of your divorce, it will be necessary to prepare a written Settlement Agreement, which is signed by both parties, and which defines the terms of the agreement.  This agreement is then submitted to the court for approval at a final hearing.  Only the petitioner needs to be present at the final hearing, at which time the court will generally enter a final judgment approving the agreement and dissolving the marriage.

What Is Required to Get a Divorce in Florida?

Generally, evidence that the marriage is 'irretrievably broken', and that one or both of you has been a resident of Florida prior to the filing of a divorce. 

In most cases, the filing party will testify that the marriage is broken and cannot be put back together.  proof of Florida residency can usually be proven by producing a Florida Driver License.


Florida family law does not require a proof of fault to obtain a divorce. 

Florida is a no-fault state, meaning that a divorce will be granted with proof of residency and testimony that the marriage is broken.  


Both parties must agree to cooperate and sign all necessary documents, and agree that they do not need to provide each other with any financial information other than that which is included in the Family Law Financial Affidavit.  


The party filing the action must attend a short final hearing in court. 

What are the Benefits of an Agreed Uncontested Divorce

Of all types of divorce, this is also the least costly. To move forward with an uncontested divorce, both you and your spouse must work everything out beforehand and have reached an agreement on settlement terms. This includes all aspects of your divorce (child custody, child support, alimony, and property division). 


Once you have come to an agreement on these issues, I can assist you with preparation of all uncontested court filings, and I can attend the final hearing with you.While you will work out most of the divorce arrangements before coming to our offices, I will ensure that your paperwork is completed and filed correctly, and he will be available for legal advice or to answer any questions you may have.


Florida family law makes it possible to obtain a final judgment of divorce in about 30 days of serving your spouse.  Obtaining a final judgment of divorce in about 30 days depends on several factors which you should discuss with your family attorney.

What do my spouse and I need to agree on?

Marital Assets and Liabilities

You and your spouse agree on terms and conditions for the distribution of assets and liabilities. (includes but not limited to: marital home, auto loans, credit card bills, utilities bills, retirements, business).


Alimony You and your spouse agree on whether whether a spouse will receive alimony, how much and for how long.


Minor Children In divorce involving minor children, family courts are required to establish a time-sharing schedule and parental responsibility before entering a final judgment.  Your divorce proceeding is uncontested if you and your spouse agree on a specific visitation schedule, including You and your spouse should discuss all aspects of child rearing and A time-sharing schedule and parental responsibility. 

How Much Will My Uncontested Divorce Cost?

Uncontested Divorce Without Minor Children or Alimony

$950.00 Attorney Flat-Fee for preparation of documents and court appearance at final hearing.

Uncontested Divorce With Minor Children or Alimony

$1,250.00 Attorney Flat-Fee for preparation of uncontested documents and court appearance at final hearing.

What's Included in Attorney Flat-Fee Uncontested Divorce

All uncontested documents are prepared by an experienced family law attorney.  The attorney flat-fee includes preparation of settlement agreement based on the terms worked out between you and your spouse.


Both parties are required to file a financial affidavit before a final hearing will be entered by the court.  Attorney flat fee for uncontested divorce includes preparation of your financial affidavit.


If your divorce includes minor children, the attorney flat fee for uncontested divorce with minor children or alimony includes preparation of a parenting plan based on the terms worked out between your and your spouse.


Cases involving minor children are required to file a Child Support Guidelines Worksheet, which is included in the attorney flat fee for uncontested divorce.


Attorney flat fee for uncontested divorce includes consultation with an experienced family law attorney, who will attend the final hearing with you.

What's Not Included in Attorney Flat Fee Uncontested Divorce

Attorney flat fee for uncontested divorce does not include the fee to file the case with the court, or any fee or cost of serving the other party. Attorney flat fee for uncontested divorce does not include any contested issues.​

Divorce and Minor Children

Divorce and Minor Children

Florida family law has replaced the term 'custody' with the idea of 'time-sharing' and 'parental responsibility'. When you file a family case in Florida court, courts are responsible for establishing a time-sharing schedule, parental responsibility and Child Support before entering a final judgment.


Time-sharing schedule is a timetable that must be included in a Parenting Plan, that specifies the time, including overnights and holidays, that a minor child will spend with each parent.  If developed and agreed to by the parents of a minor child or children, it must be approved by the court.  If the parents cannot agree, the schedule will be established by the court in accordance to Florida Statute.


Parental Responsibility includes all the rights and responsibilities a parent or parents have for the welfare of their child or children.  Parental responsibility includes but is not limited to, major decision making regarding the child's education, religion, and medical care.

Child Support

Family court judges may at any time during a divorce or paternity proceeding order either or both parents who owe a duty of support to a child to pay child support.  If the family court judge orders payment of child support, the actual amount will be determined by child support guidelines adopted to ensure that children receive an appropriate amount of support.


Florida Family Statutes designed to favor the best interest of the child.


When Florida family Courts establish or modify a parental responsibility or a time-sharing schedule, courts consider a number of best interest of the child factors.


Florida public policy is to encourage each parent to share parental responsibility and time-sharing.  


See Visitation Guidelines.


In some cases, it is possible to reach an agreement on time-sharing and parental responsibility (generally called 'Uncontested Divorce' case). Whether the time-sharing schedule and parental responsibility is agreed to by the parties, or Court ordered, a Parenting Plan is the document which governs the relationship between the parents relating to decisions that must be made regarding the Minor Child, and a time-sharing schedule. 

Find a Florida Approved Parenting Class

Who Needs to Attend a Parenting Class?

If your case includes minor children you must complete a 4-hour parenting class before the court will enter a final judgment and parenting plan.  This includes divorce and paternity cases, meaning that this requirement applies to married and unmarried parents.


Before registering for a class, make sure that class is approved by the court in your county.  Some counties require in person attendance at a parenting class, and may not recognize 'on-line' attendance. Otherwise, its up to you whether you take an on-line or in-person class.

What is a Florida Approved Parenting Class

Parenting classes must be at least 4 hours in duration, designed pursuant to Florida family law to provide information to parents as that information relates to court actions between parents involving parental responsibility, care, time-sharing, and support of a child or children.


Each class will include a required 25 question multiple choice test designed to demonstrate the level of comprehension of the learning objectives by the participant. You will be required to pass the test to receive a certificate of completion.


Parenting class providers may charge a reasonable fee for the class, generally around $40.00.  After completing the class you will receive a certificate of completion, which should be filed with the court to inform the judge that you have complied with the requirement to take a parenting class.

Some Court Approved Parenting Course Providers

Live Class

4 Hour in person parenting class $40.00.

4 Hour in-person Parenting and Divorce Class.

No children may attend, but step-parents, grandparents and significant others are encouraged to attend (full class fee applies).

$40.00 Pre Paid.  ($45.00 at the door)



Live Class

4 Hour in-person Parenting and Divorce Class.

$40.00.

Live Class

Find a Parent Education and Family Stabilization Local Course Provider List.

Find a Education and Stabilization Local Course.

FlaParent.com (Online only)

Online parenting class (some counties require in-person attendance).


$39.95.

PuttingKidsFirst.org (online only)

Online parenting class (some counties require in-person attendance).

FloridaParentingClass.com

 Online parenting class (some counties require in-person attendance).


$19.95