Understanding Divorce Paperwork: Important Documents
Paperwork is a fundamental part of any Florida divorce. In order to ensure that your divorce moves forward efficiently, and that your rights are fully protected, all divorce related documents must be handled carefully. Divorce paperwork can also be frustrating and complex. If you are considering divorce, it is advisable to consult with an experienced attorney who possess a deep understanding of document requirements and filing procedures. The last thing you need is a headache caused by problems with the paperwork.
Petition for Dissolution of Marriage
A dissolution of marriage petition is a primary document. Generally, it will be filed by the spouse who is seeking the divorce, though it can also be done in a collaborative manner. In the case of a contested divorce, this petition will likely need to be served to the non-filing spouse. There are many key issues that must be addressed in this document, including:
- The identification of both spouses;
- The identification of any children;
- The grounds for divorce; and
- A declaration, or a request, on how all major divorce issues will be settled, this includes: asset division, debt division, child custody, child visitation rights and any other potential concerns.
Marital Settlement Agreement
In uncontested divorces, the parties can present a Florida court with a marital settlement agreement. This agreement is a binding contract that will explicitly outline how all major divorce-related issues will be resolved. When possible, reaching an amicable settlement is the often the best solution for divorcing couples. Even if there are strong disagreements, an experienced uncontested divorce attorney may be able to help divorcing couples resolve sensitive issues through negotiation.
Family Law Financial Affidavit
A Family Law Financial Affidavit provides extensive financial information to the other spouse and to the court. In Florida, there are two types of divorce related financial affidavits: a short form version and a long form version. The applicable version will depend on your gross annual income. Many Florida divorces cases require filling out these forms. If your divorce case involved any type of financial dispute, you will be required to submit one of these forms. It is critical that this form is completed accurately.
Final Judgment of Dissolution of Marriage
A Final Judgement of Dissolution of Marriage will make a divorce official under Florida law. When issuing a final judgment courts will need to reach a resolution on all relevant issues. This includes resolving issues related to property distribution and children. However, these judgements can still be appealed. Further, in cases involving children or alimony, it may be possible for the parties to seek modification in the future in the event that there is a substantial change in circumstances.
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At the Law Offices of Steve W. Marsee, P.A., our compassionate legal team can help you through your divorce. We always put our clients needs first. Please do not hesitate to contact our office today at (407) 521-7171 to learn more about what we can do for you. Our firm is based in Orlando and we serve families throughout Central Florida.