In Florida, there are four types of divorce that you can file with the court.
If you are trying to figure out which type of divorce you should file in Florida, you are in the right place.
Here are a few ways to determine the right divorce type for your situation:
- Take this questionnaire: What Kind of Divorce Do I File? You should never let an online survey or quiz substitute for legal advice, however using this resource will help you narrow down your options so that you can make the best choice for your needs.
- Watch this video:
(In the video above, you will learn about the “Doe Family” and how different personal circumstances impact options for divorce in Florida. You’ll also learn the key difference between a contested and uncontested divorce.)
- Speak with an attorney: There isn’t an online resource or printed book that can provide personalized legal advice (trust me I’m a lawyer)! So, if you are really confused about which type of divorce you should file, or whether you are eligible to file for divorce in Florida, don’t hesitate to contact a Family law attorney. Many divorce lawyers offer free consults and can easily explain which divorce option best for your unique situation.
For most people, figuring out which type of divorce to file in Florida isn’t too difficult.
If you and your spouse agree on all issues of your divorce, you DO NOT have children, you DO NOT want spousal support (AKA alimony), AND you both want the divorce and have agreed on how you want to divide the things you own (and the debts you owe), then you probably qualify for Simplified Dissolution of Marriage in Florida.
BUT…if you want a divorce and your spouse doesn’t, then you cannot file for a simple divorce in Florida.
Instead, you will have to file for Dissolution of Marriage with No Dependent or Minor Child(ren) or Property (this is generally the best fit for people who do not have kids or any assets or debts to divide) OR Dissolution of Marriage with Property but No Dependent or Minor Child(ren) (this is generally the best fit for people who do not have kids but HAVE assets or debts to divide).
However, you can only file for one of those types divorces in Florida if you DO NOT HAVE KIDS!
If you have children, you have to file for Dissolution of Marriage with Dependent or Minor Child(ren) in Florida – whether you and your spouse agree on your divorce or not.
Deciding Is Half the Battle
It’s true! Divorce is difficult and getting through the process is all about making the best decisions possible for you and your family.
Once you’ve decided on which type of divorce to file, then you can start organizing everything you need to walk through the process.
And if you’ll be handling you’re own divorce, having the right resources will be essential to making sure you obtain a legal and binding divorce without losing your mind (or your shirt).
If you would like step-by-step guidance on completing your Florida divorce forms, Just DivorceTM can help.
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