Florida Simple Divorce
Simple Divorce Process in Florida
Here is our process for a Simple Divorce in Detail.
Special Program for Individuals with Fixed Income
Price: $99 – must be able to proof SSI, disability, social security or other type of government assisted fixed income
Options for Simple Divorce
There are three options for filing for this type of process and it will depend on your own circumstances.
Our process is as follows:
- Submit a client intake form to our office HERE: Simple Divorce Intake Form
We will automatically email you a confirmation with a link for payment when you submit the client intake form.
IMPORTANT – If you qualify for our special program for fixed income recipients please follow the instructions on the email you receive when you submit your information. DO NOT PAY THE $140 invoice.
Once we receive the payment confirmation from our billing system:
- We will prepare the forms based on one of the options below in 24-48 hours and email them to you for review and print.
- Take the forms to a notary of your choice. Notarizations are not included in our fee however most banks will notarize their customer’s documents for free.
- Submit the forms to us and we will help you efile the signed divorce forms.
- We will facilitate efiling of any additional forms or documents until the case is final.
Option 1 – In Mutual Agreement
No Court Divorce
If both of you have been separated for quite some time and you feel things are pretty stable this is a great option.
For a Florida simple divorce without a court hearing (no-court divorce) the case will be filed in Lee County. It does not matter if you never lived there as long as one of you have lived in the State of Florida for the last 6 months.
This county makes the process very easy and accommodating for anyone filing for divorce.
Once efiled the judge reviews the documents and mails the final judgement to you and your ex along with a copy of the parenting plan and marital settlement agreement typically within 45 days.
If you feel that you want your case to stay local the case will be e-filed in your local courthouse and a final hearing will be requested.
Option 2 – Divorce by Summons
This is required when your ex won’t cooperate with the process. After the forms are e-filed we submit the case to the local sheriff to get your ex served the divorce documents. Once served he/she will have 20 calendar days to respond in writing to the court.
When the time period expires we submit the final paperwork to get the hearing scheduled.
Option 3 – By Publication
This process is followed when the whereabouts of your ex are not known. The court submits an article on a local newspaper and runs it for 30 calendar days. Once it expires the newspaper submits the proof to the court and we submit the rest of the required documents.
You will receive the final judgement in the mail within 2 months of the case being filed.
- Court filing fee waiver – Many of our clients do not have to pay the court filing fee. If the affidavit of indigent status is approved our client typically does not have to pay any other fees.
- Once you get the divorce documents from me please review the documents for accuracy.
Frequently Asked Questions
What if my spouse changes her/his mind?
We understand emotions can go into a roller coaster ride during this process. If your spouse decides not to participate in a mutual agreement divorce then the next option would be to get him/her served divorce papers.
While we do not charge extra to make the proper adjustments to the paperwork keep in mind the process will change as follows:
- The case will require hearings and maybe even mediation. You are responsible for attending these hearings.
- Once the respondent (your ex) is served we need to wait 20 calendar days until we help you with the 2nd step in order to request a hearing.
- We will help you until the case is final however please understand we are not attorneys. We can help you with whatever paperwork is required but we cannot advocate on your behalf.
What if the Court Decides I Do Not Qualify for the Court Filing Fee Waiver?
The clerk of court decides if you qualify for the Application of Indigent Status. If they decide you do not qualify you can call them to request a payment plan.
Most courthouses will accommodate a 6 month payment plan. Paying the court filing fee in payments will not delay receiving the final judgement.
What if my ex contacts me after I filed my divorce by publication?
Not a problem! We can prepare your ex forms and help you add them to the docket. Your divorce will be final quicker since we do not have to wait for the publication to expire to submit the Step 2 documents.
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Disclaimer: We are not divorce attorneys and do not provide legal advice. Nothing on this website is to be considered legal advice. Please contact a Florida divorce lawyer for legal advice.