Florida allows for two types of divorce petitions: regular dissolution of marriage and simplified dissolution of marriage. Only certain couples qualify for a simplified divorce, which is usually much faster and cheaper than a traditional divorce. However, even if a couple qualifies for a simplified divorce they should still consider hiring a knowledgeable attorney to ensure that they walk away from the marriage with everything that they deserve. At the Law Offices of David L. Hirschberg, our office is prepared to assist with all your divorce matters. Call or contact us today to learn more.
What is a Simplified Divorce?
A simplified divorce, otherwise known as a simplified dissolution of marriage, is a method of divorce for couples if they have no major issues to settle before the divorce is finalized. However, couples only qualify for a simplified divorce if all the following requirements apply:
- One or both spouses have resided in Florida for at least six months prior to the divorce filing
- There are no minor or dependent children
- Neither spouse is pregnant
- The couple has determined the equitable division of property, both assets and liabilities
- Neither spouse is requesting alimony from the other
- Neither spouse requests any information beyond what is provided in the financial affidavits
- Both spouses agree to give up their rights to trial and appeal
- Both spouses are willing to sign the petition for simplified dissolution
- Both spouses are willing to attend the final hearing
Even if both spouses agree and qualify for the existing requirements of a simplified divorce, many issues can arise during the process that necessitates an experienced attorney. Hiring a qualified lawyer from the beginning of the process can help substantially with any problems.
Review of Finances and Property Settlement
One benefit of legal counsel for a simplified divorce is a review of the financial affidavit and property settlement agreement. As an equitable distribution state, a lawyer can ensure that you are receiving your fair share of the marital estate given the specifics of your case. An attorney can also review the financial documents to ensure that your spouse is not attempting to hide or transfer any assets that should be included in the divorce settlement.
Issues May Arise
A lawyer is also incredibly helpful if issues do arise during a simplified divorce, such as arguments over the division of property or if one spouse decides to request alimony from the other. This automatically converts a simplified divorce into a regular contested divorce, and you will appreciate having a lawyer who has been present for the entire case. This can streamline the process as you will not need to hire a lawyer that must get caught up on all the details before litigating your claim.
Reach Out to Us Today for Help
Are you considering a simplified divorce in Florida with your spouse? Before filing without a lawyer present, contact the Law Offices of David L. Hirschberg to schedule a consultation of your case and learn more about the benefits of securing the services of a Boca Raton divorce attorney for your simplified divorce.