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While some divorces can be conflicted, other couples are luckier and can
agree on the essentials of the separation. This kind of divorce is referred to as an
uncontested divorce. These types of separations are usually shorter and less expensive. They
also require the couple agree on the following:
- Property division
- Child custody
- Child support
- Spousal support
There are some limitations to uncontested divorces. While the couple may
agree on most things, they also must meet the following criteria:
- Must not have a child under the age of 18
- Wife must not be pregnant
- At least one spouse must have lived in Florida for at least 6 months
- Spouses agree on division of property and debts
- Neither spouse is seeking spousal support
- Both spouses agree the marriage is broken and want a simplified dissolution
Simplified dissolution is the best way for couples to end their marriage
amicably and can cooperate with each other during the divorce. You both
can file a financial affidavit rather than turn over financial information
to one another, which often expedites the process.
How It Works
In order to get the process started, you will need to prepare a
Petition for Simplified Dissolution. File the completed form with the circuit court clerk’s office for
the county where either you or your spouse lives. There are filing fees,
but they vary by county.
While you and your spouse agree on how to divide the property, it is best
to put your agreement in writing. Prepare a written marital settlement
document, which you and your spouse can sign and file with your petition.
You should also fill out a
Final Judgment of Simplified Dissolution of Marriage, which a judge will sign when your divorce is finalized.
You and your spouse will need to appear before the court for a short hearing
before your divorce. The judge will verify you or your spouse has lived
in Florida for at least 6 months, which you can prove with a drivers’
license or witness with knowledge of your residency. The judge will also
make sure you and your spouse meet all the eligibility requirements for
an uncontested divorce. After the verification, he or she will sign the
final judgment, and you will be officially divorced.
Contact Our Experienced Advocates Today
If you need assistance with your uncontested divorce, don’t hesitate
to call our experienced Fort Meyers divorce attorneys. Powell, Jackman,
Stevens & Ricciardi, P.A. can offer you dedicated and caring service
with more than 54 years of combined legal experience. Let us exceed your
expectations with our dedication to your family law issue.
To get your case started, contact us at (239) 970-6844 or
fill out our online form to schedule a case consultation.