What is a Simplified Divorce?
When most people think about the typical divorce, they imagine a highly contentious situation with constant fighting, high levels of stress, and a lengthy court battle. However, some divorces can be done with little no argument between spouses with what is known as a simplified divorce. Although this is sometimes referred to as a “do-it-yourself divorce,” hiring an attorney to handle your simplified divorce can be very beneficial to the process. The law office of Steve W. Marsee has helped a number of clients throughout Orlando with their divorce cases, including those of simplified divorce.
What is a Simplified Divorce?
A simplified divorce is a legal procedure couples can use to get a divorce in Florida if there are no issues for the court to decide, no children, and no property to be divided. In order to get a simplified divorce, the following requirements must be met:
- You or your spouse has lived in Florida for at least six months
- There are no minor or dependent children and neither spouse is pregnant
- You and your spouse have worked out the division of property, both assets and liabilities
- You accept that you may lose your property if your spouse does not follow through with the agreement
- Neither spouse is requesting alimony
- Neither spouse requests financial documents other than the financial affidavit
- Both spouses give up their right to trial
- Both spouses are willing to go to the clerk’s office and sign the divorce petition as well as go to the final hearing for divorce
If you and your spouse meet the terms of a simplified divorce, you can bypass many of the issues couples in a traditional divorce must deal with before the divorce is finalized.
Do I Need a Lawyer for a Simplified Divorce?
While many people may say that you do not need a lawyer for a simplified divorce, an attorney can be critical to the success of this process. Part of the agreement in a simplified divorce is agreeing to the division of marital assets and debts before signing the paperwork. An attorney can ensure that you are receiving your fair share of the marital property in a simplified divorce. This includes retirement accounts and pension funds that many spouses do not consider when agreeing to the division of property terms. In addition, a lawyer can handle the paperwork of a simplified divorce to expedite the process with the court. Finally, if you and your spouse cannot agree to all the terms of the divorce, and the simplified process falls apart, having an attorney by your side from the beginning will make the transition to a traditional divorce easier, faster, and less expensive for you. Talk to an experienced divorce attorney to learn more about how a lawyer can help you in your simplified divorce.
Talk to a Lawyer Today
If you think that a simplified divorce is right for you, call or contact the law office of Steve W. Marsee in Orlando today to schedule a free consultation of your case.