Once the petition is filed, all financial information must be disclosed by both parties and the parties must meet with a judge within 30 days. During the meeting before the judge, there can be no motions or pleadings filed unless permission is granted from the judge. However, if there is disagreement on the valuation of certain assets, the couple may hire one specialist witness.
If a couple wishes to pursue a simplified divorce, they must first meet some basic qualifications to determine their eligibility – the couple must have no minor children together (and the wife must not be pregnant), both parties are in agreement on the division of marital property and liabilities, no one is seeking alimony, and both parties must agree to give up their right to a trial and appeal. If the above criteria are met and the marriage is considered beyond repair, and one or both spouses have resided in the state of Florida during the last six months or more, then a petition for the dissolution of marriage can be filed.
If you and your spouse are in agreement to end your marriage, including how to divide assets and liabilities, with no issues of alimony or dependent children involved, then a simplified divorce can provide a relatively quick and painless way to end a marriage. By opting for simplified divorce, there is no long, drawn-out process involved in dissolving the marriage. Rather, all decisions are made collaboratively by both parties on their own terms. This makes the process less costly, limits stress and shortens the time it takes to dissolve the marriage.
The process of a simplified divorce is similar in nature to that of a collaborative or mediated divorce. Before the petition is filed, a couple may go through mediation or collaborate together on how to divide marital property and must reach a full agreement. However, in a simplified divorce, there can be no minor children involved and no alimony requested. All that is involved is a division of property and debts. Collaborative and mediated divorces can occur even if there are other decisions related to children and alimony that need to be addressed.
If you have decided that your marriage is beyond repair and wish to dissolve the marriage, and you have no minor dependent children together and neither party is seeking alimony, then you may want to consider filing a simplified divorce. This process requires that you come to an agreement on your own on how to divide marital property and debt. Furthermore, it includes a willingness by both parties to give up their right to a trial or appeal. If you meet this criteria and can come to an amicable resolution, then the process of filing can be less time consuming, less expensive and less emotionally draining than other types of divorce.
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