Uncontested Divorce in Florida
Experienced Legal Advocates for Women
Not every divorce lends itself to a lengthy, complicated process. In cases
where spouses agree on some of the most contentious issues, such as spousal
support and property division, they may be able to request an uncontested
divorce. An uncontested divorce is a much simpler legal process, given
the lack of disagreements.
Florida’s Requirements for an Uncontested Divorce
Not all divorcing couples are eligible for an uncontested divorce. To obtain
this simplified dissolution of marriage, the following requirements must be met:
·Wife is not pregnant
·There are no children, adopted
or otherwise, under the age of 18
·One spouse has lived in
Florida for at least 6 months
·Spouses agree on division
of property and debt
·Neither is seeking spousal support
·Both agree the marriage
For couples who would like to quickly end their marriage and are on amicable
terms, an uncontested divorce might be the ideal option, assuming they
meet the aforementioned requirements. Unlike a contested divorce, an uncontested
divorce in Florida allows spouses to waive the requirement of filing a
financial affidavit, saving a lot of time and trouble.
How to File
Preparing the Paperwork
To obtain an uncontested divorce, a spouse must first prepare a “Petition
for Simplified Dissolution” and file it with the circuit court clerk’s
office for the county in which either spouse resides. Additionally, even
though spouses might agree on all issues in such cases, it is still important
to put these agreements in writing, and for each spouse to sign it, so
that it can be included in the petition.
Spouses should also fill out a “Final Judgement of Simplified Dissolution
of Marriage” for the judge to sign upon the divorce’s finalization.
Even in an uncontested divorce, spouses will be required to appear in court
for a brief hearing, which is usually arranged not long after a spouse
files a petition for divorce. The judge will ensure that one or both spouses
have lived in Florida for at least 6 months, which can be proven with
a drivers’ license or a witness who has knowledge of a spouse’s
If the marital settlement agreement has still not be signed, the judge
will allow both parties to orally agree to it during the hearing.
Call The Quick Law Group to Discuss Your Legal Options
Even in amicable situations, it is important to have legal representation
at your side to ensure the divorce process goes smoothly and your interests
are protected. At The Quick Law Group, we advocate for women in the divorce
process and are well-prepared to help our clients understand their rights,
know their legal options and pursue the best way forward. Our skilled
legal team has over 40 years of combined experience and are dedicated
to providing compassionate and effective representation to guide you through
your divorce, so that you can move forward with a new and vibrant chapter
in your life.
Call us today at (904) 844-0062 to schedule your consultation with one
of our Jacksonville divorce lawyers.
Do not hesitate to call The Quick Law Group for a
case evaluation at (904) 844-0062