You might be ready for a divorce, but hesitant to begin the process because you don’t want to deal with the complications. Everyone has heard horror stories about long, stressful and expensive divorces, so feeling this way is understandable.
Sometimes people just want to get the divorce over with as quickly and easily as possible. Luckily, Florida offers a simplified procedure for people in this situation.
Before deciding if the simplified procedure is best for you, it might help to speak with a divorce attorney to make sure you are not giving up any legal rights and obtain guidance through the process.
Simplified divorce requirements
You must meet certain requirements to get a simplified divorce in Florida. First, you and your spouse must both agree to use the simplified procedure and agree that your marriage is irretrievably broken.
There must be no minor children involved, neither biological nor adopted, and neither of you can be pregnant. One of you is required to have lived in Florida for the past 6 months.
The remaining requirements involve property and finances, which is where things can get slightly more complex.
You must agree on property division
If you have property or debts, you must come up with your own agreement as to how they will be split. Neither of you can pursue alimony. While you may think an agreement is unlikely, there are professionals who can work with you to help you come to an agreement.
However, simplified divorce proceedings do not require you and your spouse to share financial information with each other. This could be difficult if you do not trust your spouse to be honest about their finances and the regular divorce process may be better for you.
When the regular divorce process may be better
The regular divorce process legally requires spouses to share financial information. But, if you trust the information your spouse provides, or if you have relatively little in the way of assets and debts and property division is not a priority, you might prefer the simplified process.
Divorce is never easy, but if you meet the requirements, Florida’s simplified divorce process can be the quickest and most efficient way to end your marriage.