Question: Do a husband and Wife each need a lawyer for an uncontested divorce in Florida?
It might be a good idea for both sides to have a lawyer – even in an uncontested divorce. However, it is not required. In fact, neither side is required to have a lawyer represent them.
In my experience, most of the time, the other side in an uncontested divorce does not hire a lawyer. This is usually because of financial reasons or because the unrepresented spouse thinks that they understand the settlement agreement and do not need a lawyer to explain it to them.
If you are participating in an uncontested divorce, whether or not your spouse has a lawyer, it is important for you to have a lawyer.
Even if you think your case is fairly simple, you should – at least – consult with a lawyer so that he or she can review your proposed settlement agreement. Common problems that are identified are repayment of debts and the calculation of child support – just no name a few.
A review of a proposed settlement agreement is not expensive and could certainly save you a lot of money in the long run.
Another benefit of hiring a lawyer in an uncontested divorce case is that your case will be finalized much quicker than if neither side has a lawyer. Simply, lawyers have faster access to the judges, so we can schedule your final hearing much sooner.