Did you know that Florida offers a type of divorce that is relatively quick and painless? This type of divorce does away with most of the mandatory financial disclosure requirements of other types of divorce, and you may be able to schedule a final hearing within a month of filing your paperwork.
What I am describing is known in Florida as a “simplified dissolution of marriage.”
Generally, a simplified dissolution of marriage is ideal for cases where there is a short-term marriage, no children, few (if any) shared assets, and you and your spouse are on good speaking terms.
Keep in mind that Florida does not allow everyone to go through the simplified process. You can only file for a simplified dissolution of marriage if all of the following statements are true:
- You and your spouse have not had children together, either by birth or adoption;
- The wife is not pregnant;
- Either you or your spouse (or both) have resided in Florida for at least six months prior to filing for divorce;
- You and your spouse are unable to repair your marriage;
- Neither you or your spouse are seeking alimony;
- Both you and your spouse are prepared to voluntarily exchange financial affidavits;
- You and your spouse are prepared to agree on how to divide your assets and liabilities in a marital settlement agreement;
- You and your spouse are willing to waive your right to trial and appeal; and
- You and your spouse are willing and able to appear together at a final hearing.