Florida divorce laws say, many counties permit
parties to mail forms into the courthouse
for filing. You may never have to appear
in court. This practice varies from county
to county. Specific, simple instructions
regarding completing this process are provided
by Pro Se Associates when you finish answering
the questions here on line. You may also
take the documents to the courthouse in person.
Some Florida Courts will not permit mail
in filing, and some cases may not be appropriate
for mail in filing in any county. You will
need to contact the court clerk when you
are finished to ask about this.
In order to file your divorce
in a Florida
court, you or your spouse must
in Florida for the last six months.
not necessary that both parties
live in Florida.
One party must live in Florida,
could live anywhere else in the
Florida forms produced by Pro
are the Florida Supreme Court
found in the Family Law Rules
Florida court filing fees are
to the cost of using Pro Se Associates.
cost may vary by county. Please
your local courthouse to determine
How Long Will It Take?
The use of the Pro Se Associates
generally takes between 30 minutes
hours or more depending on the
of your case. Florida divorce
law does not
have a mandatory waiting period
filing of your case, but a judge
to continue (delay) your case
for up to three
months to allow the parties a
chance to reconcile.
Usually, such a delay would not
an uncontested (agreed) case.
You may qualify for a simplified dissolution
SIMPLIFIED DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE
Certain Florida couples are eligible to dissolve
their marriage by way of a simplified procedure.
These dissolutions are "do-it-yourself"
and were designed so the services of an attorney
may not be necessary. Husband and wife are
responsible, however, for filing all necessary
documents correctly, and husband and wife
are required to appear before a judge together
when the final dissolution is granted. If
you desire the services of an attorney for
this dissolution process, it can usually
be completed relatively inexpensively.
The simplified dissolution of marriage process
is designed for couples with no dependent
children and no disputed property. Therefore,
not everyone can qualify. A husband and wife
can use the simplified dissolution of marriage
only if: (a) they both agree to the use of this form
of dissolution proceeding; (b) they have no minor (under 18) or dependent
children; (c) have no adopted children under the age of
18; (d) the wife is not pregnant; (e) at least one of the parties has lived in
Florida for the past six months; (f) the parties have agreed on the division
of all of their property (assets)and obligations
(debts); and (g) both parties agree that the marriage is
irretrievably broken and want to end their
marriage because of serious permanent differences.
Couples wanting to use the simplified process
must meet all these conditions. If not, they
must use the regular dissolution of marriage
There are substantial differences between
a simplified and a regular dissolution of
marriage. In a regular dissolution, each
spouse has the right to examine and cross-examine
the other as a witness, and to obtain documents
concerning the other's income, expenses,
assets and liabilities before having a trial
or settlement of the case. With a simplified
dissolution, financial information may be
requested, but it is not required to be given.
In a simplified dissolution there is no trial
and no appeal. Also, with a simplified dissolution
neither the husband nor the wife can receive
support from the other.
This information has been compiled directly
from the most recently available statutes
online for the state of Florida. Every effort
has been made to assure that this information
is correct and complete. Be aware that laws
frequently change. Do not take any action
based on this information without first consulting
an attorney to be certain that the laws pertaining
to your particular situation have not changed.
The language used in most cases on this page
is legal terminology taken directly from
the statutes and laws of state of Florida. The terminology is not always easy to understand.
If you are not sure of something you should
consult an attorney so that you can fully
understand the meaning of the laws.
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