What is a simplified dissolution of marriage in Florida?

One of the biggest concerns that many people have about getting divorced is that the process will take too long. They want the marriage to end as soon as possible. However, this is not the case in many instances. Florida has a simplified divorce process but only certain couples are eligible to participate in this program.

In order to be eligible for the simplified dissolution of marriage, you must both agree to become divorced in this manner. In addition, you must also meet the residency requirement of having at least one spouse living within the state of Florida for the past six months. The divorce must be uncontested, meaning that both parties have agreed on the division of assets through equitable distribution. The party can also only become divorced in this manner if they have no children under the age of 18 and neither spouse is pregnant. This is important in simplifying a divorce because divorces always become more complicated when parenting plans must be determined. Both spouses must agree that the marriage is considered to be “irretrievably broken,” and declare this as the grounds for divorce. When a marriage is irretrievably broken, both spouses agree that it has been a bad marriage for at least six months prior to filing and that there is no chance the marriage will get better.

If you have any questions about what type of divorce might be best for you or if whether you are eligible to obtain a simplified dissolution of marriage, contact an experienced divorce attorney or mediator who can provide you with assistance.

Judith Goldberg is an experienced Boca Raton mediator serving Palm Beach and Broward County, Florida. If you need a compassionate mediator to guide you through your family law matter, contact our Boca Raton office for a free consultation.