Divorce carries a terrible stigma of being a stressful, drawn-out, and expensive process. For most, the word divorce conjures up images of courtroom battles and arguments between estranged spouses. While this is sometimes the case, not every divorce has to have such an unpleasant veneer. A Florida simple divorce could be just what you are looking for to end your marriage without unnecessary expenses and drama.
If you and your spouse meet all of the requirements for a simple divorce, such an arrangement could save you a lot of time and money, as opposed to a regular divorce. When two spouses are on the same page concerning the details of how their marriage should end, a simple divorce is often the best possible option.
To qualify for a Florida divorce in general, there are three major requirements:
- the two parties must be legally married
- at least one spouse must have resided in Florida for at least six months before filing for divorce
- the marriage must be considered to be irretrievably broken
If you and your spouse meet those requirements and decide that you want to move forward with a divorce, the next step is deciding if you qualify for a simple divorce.
Regular divorces are necessary when there are disagreed upon or contested issues. Simple divorces, however, are perfect for couples who meet the requirements and want to get their divorce over with as quickly, easily, and inexpensively as possible. The specific requirements for a simple divorce are as follows:
- the wife is not pregnant
- the couple has no minor or dependent children together
- neither of the spouses are seeking alimony
- each spouse agrees upon, and is satisfied with, the division of any assets and debts
- each spouse has filed financial affidavits, or has agreed not to
- each spouse agrees to the terms of the simple divorce, including the forgoing of the right to a trial and appeal
If you and your spouse meet all of these requirements, the next step is for each spouse to file a regular petition for dissolution of marriage, which must be signed in the presence of a deputy clerk. You will then file this document with the clerk of your county’s circuit court. After 30 days or so, you will appear before a judge to have your divorce granted.
Although legal representation is not required for the completion of a simple divorce, we strongly recommendation that you seek legal advice if you or your spouse have any questions or concerns pertaining to these requirements or procedures. Please feel free to contact Hoag Law Firm at (727) 231-5420. When you and your spouse decide to go your separate ways, the proceeding process does not have to be terribly lengthy or unpleasant. A Florida simple divorce could be just the answer you are looking for. With honest advice and an experienced attorney at your side, you can complete your simple divorce with little to no hassle and start moving on with your life.
If you have any questions about Florida simple divorce or if you would like to speak to us about your options, please contact North Tampa Law Group at (813) 518-7411 or complete a free online case evaluation. We represent clients during stressful and difficult times in their lives. We are empathetic, responsive, and push for a quick resolution. We look forward to helping you resolve your issue quickly, fairly, and in a way that will help you to return to the stable, predictable life that you deserve.