In Florida, divorce is called “dissolution of marriage.” We have two different types of divorces in the state: 1) regular dissolution of marriages or “regular divorces,” and 2) simplified dissolution of marriages or “simplified divorces.” If you’re considering a simplified divorce, the first question is, do you meet the requirements?
Not all divorcing couples meet the requirements for a simplified divorce, but before we dive into the requirements, let’s first discuss simplified divorces and what they are.
Some Florida couples can seek a divorce through a simplified procedure. “Do they have to have an attorney?” These couples can obtain a simplified divorce with or without the help of an attorney, though we recommend securing the professional assistance of a divorce lawyer to protect your best interests.
“With a simplified dissolution, financial information may be requested by either party, but disclosing financial information is not required,” according to the Florida Bar.
Requirements for a Simplified Divorce
To qualify for a simplified divorce in Florida, your case must meet all of the following requirements:
- You cannot have any minor children under 18.
- You cannot have any dependent children.
- You and your spouse have no adopted children under the age of 18.
- Neither spouse can be pregnant.
- At least one of you have lived in Florida for the last six months.
- You and your spouse have agreed on how to divide your assets and debts.
- Neither spouse is seeking alimony.
- You both agree that the marriage is irretrievably broken.
If you have minor children, if someone is pregnant, or if you and your spouse otherwise do not meet all of the requirements listed above, you’ll have no choice but to seek a regular divorce. To fully explore your divorce options in Boca Raton, contact Schuttler, Greenberg & Mullins, LLC today.