In Florida, there is a process for a “simplified dissolution of marriage.” This simplified dissolution of marriage process is, however, only available to you if you and your spouse meet all of the following requirements:
- You and/or your spouse must have lived in Florida for at least 6 months before filing for divorce in Florida;
- You and your spouse agree that the marriage cannot be saved;
- You and your spouse have no minor or dependent children together and the wife is not now pregnant;
- You and your spouse have worked out how the two of you will divide the things that you both own and who will pay what part of the money you both owe, and you are both satisfied with this division;
- You are not seeking alimony from your spouse, and vice versa;
- Neither you nor your spouse wish to have any financial information other than that provided in the financial affidavits you prepare as part of the simplified dissolution action;
- You are willing to give up your right to trial and appeal;
- You and your spouse are both willing to go into the clerk’s office to sign the petition (not necessarily together); and,
- You and your spouse are both willing to go to the final hearing (at the same time).
If you do not meet the criteria above, you must file a regular petition for dissolution of marriage.