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 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.