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Simplified Dissolution of Marriage in Fort Myers, FL

Simplifying Your Divorce with Your Advocates

A simplified dissolution of marriage is an easier and quicker way to get divorced in Florida. Couples that choose to use the simplified procedure must adhere to a list of requirements, making it only realistic for uncontested divorce cases. Dissolution of marriage is recommended for couples that want to conclude their marriage quickly and easily. Couples must be amicable toward one another in order for dissolution of marriage to conclude successfully.

Requirements for a Dissolution of Marriage

If you are planning to dissolve your marriage in Florida, you must meet the following qualifications:

  • Neither spouse is seeking alimony
  • The wife is not pregnant
  • There are no minor children or dependent children in the marriage
  • Both spouses agree that the marriage cannot be saved
  • At least one spouse has lived in Florida for six months prior to filing for divorce
  • Both spouses have filed financial affidavits with the court or don't need them
  • Both spouses have agreed on or are satisfied with the division of their assets and debts
  • Both spouses give up their right to trial and appeal in their divorce
  • Both spouses agree on the simplified procedure

The Dissolution of Marriage Process

Spouses are responsible for filing all necessary documents for dissolution of marriage and must appear together before a judge. They must file Form 12.901(a), which is the Petition for Simplified Dissolution of Marriage, with the clerk of the circuit court in the county where you reside. You will then need to pay the appropriate filing fees. Either you or the county clerk will have to complete Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure Form 12.928, which is the Family Court Cover Sheet. Once all the documents are complete, you will them set a date and time for a court appearance.

The judge will grant the divorce as long as the couple meets the above criteria. If you and your spouse don't meet all of the criteria, then you will have to undergo a regular dissolution of marriage. This is a typical divorce which outlines all of the major decisions you are required to make in your case.

If you want more information about a simplified dissolution of marriage, talk with a trusted Fort Myers divorce attorney at Your Advocates. We are focused on client-centered service, and can help you decide whether or not you should seek this faster method of divorce.

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Meet Our Attorneys

  • William M. Powell, Esq.
    William M. Powell, Esq. Partner
  • Rita M. Jackman
    Rita M. Jackman Partner
  • Adam J. Stevens
    Adam J. Stevens Partner
  • Richard M. Ricciardi, Jr.
    Richard M. Ricciardi, Jr. Partner
  • Jorge Santana
    Jorge Santana Partner
  • William M. Powell, Esq. Partner
    William M. Powell, Esq.

    Although William M. Powell, Esq. is well-versed in a variety of legal matters and case types, he has built a strong reputation through his focus on personal injury and medical malpractice cases. Your Advocates are proud to have him as a member of our law firm. He shares our passion for helping people in need and prioritizes our clients’ needs. Read More

  • Rita M. Jackman Partner
    Rita M. Jackman

    Ms. Jackman’s unwavering ambition and leadership has provided clients and will provide her future clients a star in this profession. Ms. Jackman is a relentless researcher and preparer who handles her client tasks with a tremendous amount of preparation and thought. Ms. Jackman was born and raised in Cape Coral, Florida which has worked to benefits her practice and the clients that she serves. Read More

  • Adam J. Stevens Partner
    Adam J. Stevens

    Mr. Stevens has found his niche by becoming a litigation attorney and understands that communication between an attorney and client are paramount to obtaining favorable results. Mr. Stevens is known for taking on any and all types of cases no matter how difficult or routine they may be. Mr. Stevens is known as an aggressive attorney, though at the same time understands that some cases require a more patience to ensure a favorable result. Mr. Stevens does not shy away from challenging legal issues and has litigated complex matters against municipalities, international unions, large banking institutions, and several insurance companies. Read More

  • Richard M. Ricciardi, Jr. Partner
    Richard M. Ricciardi, Jr.

    His experience in litigation provides him the ability to identify and isolate potential areas of conflict and effectively counsel clients around potential pitfalls. Mr. Ricciardi believes that proper estate planning, real estate counsel, and business planning are areas of importance to everyone. Protecting and dispensing clients' various interests, assets, and lifetime earnings can make the difference between a comfortable retirement and wasting thousands of dollars in assets and earnings. Specialized knowledge, experience and attention to detail in these areas is therefore critically important. Read More

  • Jorge Santana Partner
    Jorge Santana

    Attorney Jorge J. Santana, Jr. is an American born Cuban-American, fluent in both English and Spanish. Jorge left Miami to join us here in beautiful and peaceful Fort Myers, Florida in March 2015. He has an extreme love for the law, which is only overshadowed by his desire to help all those in need. His reputation for fairness, hard work and honesty is respected by all his clients and attorneys. Read More

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