Remember when getting a divorce was “easy” to do? Of course you have no recollection of an easy divorce. Divorce is rarely, if ever easy. Technically speaking, the easiest way to get a divorce in Orange County Florida is by simplified dissolution of marriage. The reason a simplified dissolution is “easy” is because the rules and requirements are clearly defined. Married couples generally cannot obtain a simplified dissolution of marriage in Orange County Florida unless they meet specific requirements.
Requirements Of Simplified Dissolution Of Marriage Orange County Florida
The jurisdictional and technical requirements of simplified dissolution of marriage Orange County Florida are as follows (paraphrased and interpreted for you):
- One or both spouses must have lived in Florida (established residency) for at least six (6) months prior to filing the Petition for Simplified Dissolution of Marriage.
- Both spouses must agree that the marriage cannot be saved, i.e. it is irretrievably broken.
- The spouses CANNOT have any minor or dependent child(ren) together, the wife cannot have had any minor or dependent children born during the marriage (even to another partner), and the wife must presently not be pregnant. Essentially, if there are children of the marriage, even over 18, this type of divorce is probably not right for you.
- Both spouses must agree completely on the division of their marital assets and liabilities, and must complete a marital settlement agreement to that effect that has been signed and notarized.
- Neither party may seek alimony in a simplified dissolution of marriage. Alimony is a major issue that complicates a divorce.
- Both parties must be willing to sign and execute all documents required by the Court and must be willing (if asked or unless waived) to attend a final hearing for dissolution.
Simplified Dissolution Of Marriage Orange County Florida How do I Do it?
Requirements of Simplified Dissolution Of Marriage Orange County Florida: The first step you must undergo is checking to see if you meet all of the requirements above. Frankly, you may need to consult with an Orlando Divorce Attorney for verification. The second step is for both parties (since getting a Simplified Dissolution Of Marriage implicitly indicates agreement and cooperation) to sign paperwork and exchange information as required. Two minds are better than one, and the greater the degree of cooperation and understanding, likelier, the easier the process will be. Third, you may wish to contact the Orange County Clerk of Court for verification that you are filing your documents properly and that the Court has accepted your documents.
Ultimately, when you seek to obtain a Simplified Dissolution Of Marriage Orange County Florida, you are welcome to call the Jacobs Law Firm, PLLC offices Winter Park, and Clermont Florida for more information and guidance. We specialize in divorce and family law.