What Is Simplified Dissolution of Marriage?
Are you a spouse in Florida who is simply looking for a divorce? Do you not have any minor children in common with your spouse? Do you both agree that there are no alimony or child support issues to deal with? Are all of your marital assets and debts already divided?
If so, you may be eligible for Florida’s Simplified Dissolution of Marriage.
Basics of Simplified Dissolution of Marriage
Simplified Dissolution of Marriage is meant to be a quick and easy way to divorce. It is authorized by Rule 12.105 of the Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure. Most people going through divorce do not qualify for a Simplified Dissolution of Marriage. If you and your spouse meet the following criteria, then you may qualify:
- You and your spouse do not have any minor or dependent children in common;
- Neither your nor your spouse are pregnant;
- Either you or your spouse has resided in Florida for at least six months prior to filing for divorce (only one spouse is required to have been a resident of Florida);
- Both of you agree that your marriage is irretrievably broken and cannot be fixed (by, for example, having the judge order you to attend marital counseling);
- Neither you nor your spouse are seeking alimony;
- By agreement, you have already divided all assets and debts, or you agree that there are no assets and debts to divide;
- Both you and your spouse are willing to waive your right to trial and appeal; and
- Both you and your spouse are willing and able to appear together at the final hearing.