Sunday, September 4, 2011

Divorce in Florida

How do I get a divorce in Florida? The answer to this question is one party needs to testify that the marriage cannot be put back together under any circumstances. In legal terms this would be irretrievably broken.

There are a couple of options you have when seeking a divorce in Florida. If there are no children involved and no property this is relatively a simple process you may be able to do on your own without a lawyer. If there are children and property involved I would suggest you seek an attorney for legal guidance.

The main requirement for getting a divorce is that you must be a Florida resident. A resident for at least six months. There is no other requirement required of you once you have testified that the marriage is irretrievably broken and that you are a Florida resident and have been for at least six months.

You may obtain your divorce papers from your local courthouse the cost of these are under $20. There are instructions that will walk you step-by-step through the paperwork. Upon completion you must have all documents notarized and then submit them to the clerk of courts where they will file the divorce. How long will it take? If the divorce is uncontested and both parties have agreed to all the terms you could be divorced in as little as 5 to 6 weeks.

So if you are seeking a divorce and you are sure that it will be uncontested and there are no minor children or property involved it is a relatively simple process that you may be able to do yourself. If there are other complications such as child support, alimony or property involved I strongly recommend you seek out an attorney and let them handle it.

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