When a married couple decides to split, it is not always a knock-down drag out fight. Many couples are able to go their separate ways with little to no conflict. In Florida, certain couples who decide to pursue a divorce without war may qualify to file a Simplified Dissolution of Marriage.
What is a Simplified Dissolution of Marriage?
In a typical Florida divorce case, spouses are required to file a petition for dissolution of marriage, the responding spouse has to file an answer and both spouses must serve extensive financial disclosures to one another. In a Simplified Dissolution of Marriage, the spouses file a joint petition, a marital settlement agreement and then attend a final hearing once the joint petition is accepted by the court. This process is much faster than a typical dissolution of marriage case.
Who Can File a Simplified Dissolution of Marriage?
Spouses who meet the following criteria may file a Simplified Dissolution of Marriage:
- You and your spouse agree that the marriage cannot be saved
- You and your spouse have no minor or dependent children together, the wife does not have any minor or dependent children born during the marriage, and the wife is not now pregnant
- You and your spouse have worked out how the two of you will divide the things that you both own (your assets) and who will pay what part of the money you both owe (your liabilities), and you are both satisfied with this division
- You are not seeking support (alimony) from your spouse, and vice versa
- You are willing to give up your right to trial and appeal
- You and your spouse are both willing to go into the clerk’s office to sign the petition (not necessarily together)
- You and your spouse are both willing to go to the final hearing (at the same time)
Can I file for a Simplified Dissolution if we have children?
No. Spouses who have children together cannot file a Simplified Dissolution of Marriage.
How to File a Simplified Dissolution of Marriage
We are happy to extend flat rate pricing for Simplified Dissolution of Marriage actions when both spouses agree at the outset. Contact the Law Office of Lisa Weber to learn more about filing for a Simplified Dissolution of Marriage.