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What is the Difference Between Regular And Simplified Dissolution of Marriage?

Since Florida is one of many states that allows no-fault divorce, you do not have to state grounds for divorce or prove your spouse did something wrong to obtain a divorce. Under Florida divorce law, you only have to state that your marriage is irretrievably broken, and that you or your spouse resided in Florida six months prior to filing for divorce.

Florida is unique in that it has two types of divorce: Regular Dissolution of Marriage and Simplified Dissolution of Marriage. Couples may file for a Simplified Dissolution of Marriage, which does not require an attorney, if they meet certain requirements, including:

  • Both agree to use this simplified procedure
  • They have no biological or adopted children under 18 and the wife is not pregnant
  • They are in agreement as to the division of property and debts
  • Neither is seeking alimony

While Simplified Dissolution of Marriage is relatively fast and inexpensive, many couples must opt for Regular Dissolution of Marriage because their situations are more complicated. This type requires the help of a Palm Beach County divorce law firm. If spouses can agree on child custody, child support, spousal support and equitable division of property and debts and other key issues, their divorce is uncontested. The court accepts their settlement and incorporates it into a final judgment.

If they cannot agree on one or more issues, the case proceeds to court where lawyers argue for the interests and rights of their respective clients and a judge renders the final decision on contested issues. If you are considering divorce in Palm Beach or Broward Counties, Feldman & Schneiderman, P.L. can give you the answers and advice you need before you file for divorce.