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Law Firms these days are far more pro consumer and if asked, some will help you simply organize your divorce forms if you are trying to save money and file a divorce on your own (using Florida Supreme Court approved simplified forms.) For basic help an attorney may charge a very low flat rate fee and be retained on a limited basis-limited basis meaning making sure the forms you want to submit are correctly completed for court submission.  Typically those seeking dissolution need related services such as bankruptcy and/or credit card debt consolidation-consumer needs that are often created as a result of a divorce.  Be sure to hire a licensed attorney who specializes in the specific areas you need help with.

 

   

 

There are various levels of divorce and we list them below in typical order-starting with a basic simple agreed to divorce with no children. Divorce and family law is an aspect of the legal profession that is, for obvious reasons, intensely personal.

SIMPLIFIED DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE [Includes Divorce in Bradenton Florida]

Certain Florida couples are eligible to dissolve their marriage by way of a simplified procedure. These divorce forms are used by many couples filing in Manatee County, FL.  These dissolutions are “do-it-yourself” and were designed so the services of an attorney may not be necessary. Couples are responsible, however, for filing all necessary documents correctly, and both parties are required to appear before a judge together when the final dissolution is granted. If you desire the ser­vices of an attorney for this dissolution process, usually it can be completed relatively inexpensively.

Not everyone can use this procedure. A husband and wife can use the simplified dissolution of marriage only if: (a) they both agree to the use of this form of dissolution proceeding; (b) they have no minor (under 18) or dependent children; (c) they have no adopted children under the age of 18; (d) the wife is not pregnant; (e) at least one of the parties has lived in Florida for the past six months; (f) the parties have agreed on the division of all of their property (assets) and obligations (debts); (g) neither party is seeking alimony; and (h) both parties agree that the marriage is irretrievably broken and want to end their marriage because of serious permanent differences. Couples wanting to use the simplified process must meet all these conditions. If not, they must use the regular dis­solution of marriage process.

   


There are substantial differences between a simplified and a regular dissolution of marriage. In a regular disso­lution, each spouse has the right to examine and cross-examine the other as a witness, and to obtain documents concerning the other’s income, expenses, assets and liabilities before having a trial or settlement of the case. With a simplified dissolution, financial information may be requested but it is not required to be given.

If the husband and wife agree on a dissolution, and prefer to use the simplified form of dissolution, they should both contact the clerk of the circuit court in their area and obtain a copy of the booklet titled “Simplified Dissolution Information” for more detailed information and forms.   TOP

 

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The information on this website is for general information purposes only. Nothing on this site should be taken as legal advice for any individual case or situation. This information on this website is not intended to create, and receipt or viewing of this information does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship.

REGULAR DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE [Includes Divorce in Bradenton Florida]

The regular dissolution process begins with a petition for dissolution of marriage, filed with the circuit court by the husband or wife, which states that the marriage is ir­retrievably broken and sets out what the person wants from the court. The other partner must file an answer within 20 days, addressing the matters in the initial petition and raising any additional issues the answering party wants the court to address.

Court rules governing divorces require that each party provide certain financial documents and a completed finan­cial affidavit to the other party within 45 days of the service of the petition or before any temporary relief hearing. Failure to provide this information can result in the court dismiss­ing the case or not considering that party’s requests. The parties or the court can modify these requirements except for the filing of a financial affidavit, which is mandatory in all cases in which financial relief is sought. A child support guidelines worksheet must also be filed with the court at or before any hearing on child support. This requirement may not be waived by the parties or the court.

Some couples agree on property settlements, parental responsibility, and other post-divorce arrangements before or soon after the original petition is filed. They then enter into a written agreement signed by both parties that is presented to the court. Other couples disagree on some issues, work out their differences, and also appear for a final hearing with a suggested settlement which is accepted by the judge. In such uncontested cases, a divorce can become final in a matter of a few weeks.  TOP
 

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Mediation is a procedure to assist you and your spouse in working out an arrangement for reaching agreement without a protracted process or a trial. Its purpose is not to save a marriage, but to help divorcing couples reach a solution and arrive at agreeable terms for handling their dissolution. Many counties have media­tion services available. Some counties require couples to attempt mediation before a trial can be set.
Finally, some couples cannot agree on much of anything and a trial-with each side presenting its case-is required. The judge makes the final decision on contested issues.

Reaching a settlement, whether by direct negotiations or mediation, usually requires compromise by both par­ties. Attorneys have learned it is unrealistic to expect both partners to be “happy” with their divorce. The experience can be emotionally devastating. The financial upheaval of supporting two households instead of one causes hard­ship for the entire family. The parties, however, can take steps to make the process easier for themselves and their children.
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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

You may go to court yourself (without an attorney) to petition for an injunction to protect yourself against domestic violence (assault or battery by your spouse whether you are separated or not, or your former spouse), repeat violence, or sexual violence. If you feel you are the victim of such domestic violence, repeat violence, or sexual violence, you should contact the office of the clerk of the circuit court in your county or the local domestic violence shelter for information and assistance. TOP
 

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