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What is a Simplified Divorce?

Simplified divorces are uncontested divorces, but in addition, the couple must also meet certain requirements to qualify for them. And while simplified divorces do exist in Florida, they are rare because it is difficult to meet all of the criteria.

Eligibility Requirements for a Simplified Dissolution of Marriage

Simplified divorces are quicker than regular divorces because the divorce is uncontested and there may be fewer forms to complete. In order to qualify for a simplified divorce in Florida, several criteria must be met, including:

  • Cooperation – both parties must petition together to sign and file the forms, and they must cooperate throughout the divorce process. This includes agreeing that the marriage is irretrievably broken and cannot be saved.
  • No children – there can be no minor or dependent children, and neither party can be pregnant.
  • No requested alimony – for either spouse.
  • Clear agreement on division of assets and liabilities – Both spouses have worked out how they will divide their property, assets, and debts, and both parties are satisfied with the division.
  • Both spouses agree to give up the right to trial and appeal.
  • 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 couples meet these eligibility requirements, a simplified divorce can save time, money, and undue emotional distress. Given the stringent requirements and the emotional nature of divorce, it’s generally more likely, however, that couples will need to file a regular dissolution of marriage.

At the Vasquez de Lara Law Group, we can help you determine the best way to proceed with your divorce case depending on your circumstances. To schedule a confidential case evaluation and to learn more about your options for a Florida divorce, get in touch with our team.