Are you and your spouse in agreement on how to divide your assets and debts? Do you not have any minor or dependent children in common? Are you both willing to attend a final hearing for dissolution of marriage together? Then you and your spouse may qualify for a Simplified Dissolution of Marriage.
Advantages of a Simplified Dissolution of Marriage
Florida has created a special type of divorce procedure with the hope of simplifying the process. In most actions for dissolution of marriage, court rules require you to exchange what is known as “mandatory disclosure.” These are financial and other documents with sensitive and private information. So, in most divorces, you would exchange several years’ worth of tax returns, along with checking and savings account statements, credit card statements, and summary plan descriptions for retirement accounts.
In Simplified Dissolution of Marriage proceedings, you are not expected to exchange these documents unless specifically requested to by one of the spouses.