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Is there a simpler divorce option in Florida?

We often work with high-asset divorce clients that require a lot of specialized attention when it comes to property division, alimony orders, and child custody and support issues. Of course, not every divorce has a large number of assets or even children involved, so some may wonder if there is an easier divorce route for these individuals.

One option Florida couples have is called a simplified dissolution of marriage. It is a simpler procedure by which couples can get divorced, but those individuals have to meet specific criteria if they wish to go this route.

First of all, both individuals in the relationship have to agree to use this specific form of divorce. They also need to have agreed on all aspects of debt and asset division, which is sometimes not an easy task. Another agreement that both individuals have to make is to agree that they each want to end the marriage because there are serious permanent differences and because the marriage is “irretrievably broken.” As many readers know, this is not always an easy requirement to meet because one spouse may not really want to get divorced while the other does.

Finally, couples with children under the age of 18 cannot use this form of divorce. This is also the case if they have any adopted minor children or if the wife is pregnant when the couple begins the divorce process.

Finally, at least one of the two individuals has to have resided in Florida for the last six months. Even if a couple meets these requirements, it may benefit them to talk to a lawyer about their situation. A lawyer may be able to guide them through the process and help them understand their options.

Source: FindLaw, “Divorce in Florida,” accessed Dec. 16, 2014

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