SIMPLIFIED DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE IN FLORIDA
Under certain circumstances, spouses may jointly file for divorce and schedule their case for a final hearing within thirty days or less. This is known as a simplified dissolution of marriage.*
ELIGIBILITY FOR A SIMPLIFIED DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE
To be eligible for a simplified dissolution of marriage in Florida, all of the following must be true:
-The parties have no minor or dependent children;
-The wife is not pregnant;
-At least one of the parties has resided in Florida for at least six months prior to filing for divorce;
-The marriage is irretrievably broken (the parties cannot fix their marriage);
-Neither party is seeking alimony;
-The parties are willing to waive their right to trial and appeal; and
-The parties are willing and able to appear together at the final hearing.
At Family Diplomacy we will help you determine whether you meet the criteria for a simplified dissolution of marriage.
FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE AND MARITAL SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT
As part of this process, spouses are required to disclose certain financial information. Further, the parties must agree how to divide their assets and liabilities in a marital settlement agreement. At Family Diplomacy we will help you complete financial disclosure and draft your marital settlement agreement.
If all of the above circumstances are not present, then the parties may not file for a simplified dissolution of marriage. However, the parties may still work together in an uncontested divorce or Collaborative Divorce.
SIMPLIFIED DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE AND THE COLLABORATIVE FAMILY LAW PROCESS
Are you interested in a private, healthier process which keeps your personal and financial information out of the public courtroom? Learn how the Collaborative Family Law model can be used in your simplified dissolution of marriage case.
*Please note that Family Diplomacy will represent, and provide legal advice to, only one spouse if retained for a simplified dissolution of marriage. The other spouse is encouraged to consult with independent legal counsel.