Going through a divorce can be a stressful process; however, there are ways to make the process easier. One of the ways to do so is to put the correct information on your Florida divorce papers and serve them correctly. Because it can be difficult to navigate the process, it is always helpful to work with a family law attorney who has experience dealing with divorces.
What goes in your divorce papers, and what does it mean to serve them to someone else? If you want to go through the process as quickly and cheaply as possible, you need to serve your papers correctly to shorten the timeline of a Florida divorce.
Before you go through the trouble of putting together your Florida divorce papers, you need to make sure you have met all requirements to qualify for a divorce. Either you or your spouse must have lived in the state of Florida for at least six months before you file for your divorce. Then, you need to provide proof that you meet the residency requirements. There are a few ways you can do this. They include:
If you cannot produce either of these documents, you will need to have a witness come to your divorce hearing and testify about your residency in the state before a court of law.
If you meet these requirements, then you should be able to file for a Florida divorce.
The next step is to prepare your Florida divorce papers. As you fill out the basic forms, you need to figure out which type of divorce you are filing for. A few key points you need to keep in mind include:
There may be added paperwork depending on the county in which you live. Therefore, you may want to reach out to the Circuit Clerk of Court to figure out if there are additional papers you need to file.
Once you have figured out what type of divorce you are moving forward with, it is time to fill out your forms. So, what goes in your divorce papers? A few examples of items you need to include are:
After you are finished filling out your forms, you need to file the paperwork with the circuit clerk of court. You may also be required to get your petition notarized, so try to wait until you get to the courthouse before you sign them. You may have to pay a fee to use the notary service.
If you are going through the simplified dissolution process, you do not need to serve the papers at all, as both spouses will fill out the forms together. If you are not going through the simplified dissolution process, you will need to serve papers to your spouse.
There are a few ways you can do this. They include:
Always check with your Clerk of Court to see what your options are.
After the process is done, your spouse will have to respond to the papers. Or, if you are going through the simplified dissolution process, your spouse will not have to respond to anything because you will have filled out the forms together. It may take some time for your spouse to respond, which is why you should have a lawyer who can walk you through the process from start to finish. That is where we can help you.
At Aaron Delgado and Associates, we are here to walk you through this process of getting your Florida divorce. We understand that you have questions about the process, and we are here to represent your rights. Before you start filling out your divorce papers, make sure you give us a call. We can streamline the process for you and make sure you protect your interests as the process unfolds.