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Understanding regular and simplified dissolution of marriage

While the word divorce may be used in Florida, the official term that the state has decided to use is actually dissolution of marriage. Additionally, fault does not have to be shown in a divorce. There are two main types of dissolution of marriage that will be used: regular and simplified.

The regular process is likely what you already think of when planning a divorce. You or your spouse will need to claim that the union is irretrievably broken and file the paperwork with the court, and then the other person must be informed and given the papers in 20 days. Financial information will then be gathered so that the court can make a ruling if needed, and you and your spouse can discuss property division, child custody rights, child support and alimony.

The simplified process may be faster and easier, but you are going to find yourself in charge of all of the paperwork, so you must be on top of it or the divorce may be denied. Additionally, most people are not allowed to use the simplified version because they are not eligible.

For instance, it can't be used if your spouse doesn't agree, if you have children who are still under the age of 18 or if you or your spouse are pregnant. You also can't use it if you've just moved to the state and neither of you have lived in Florida for six months. Additionally, if alimony is a concern or if you both are unable to reach an agreement about dividing your assets, you can't use it.

No matter which type you want to use, you must know how it all works so that the process goes as smoothly as possible. Check out our website today to learn more.

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