Divorce is a very sensitive matter in Florida. Regardless of how you are feeling, it’s crucial that you do it right. A successful divorce requires a proper understanding of how everything works.
The filing process in Florida
The first step in getting a divorce in Florida is to file a petition with the county clerk’s office. This can be done by either going to the clerk’s office in person or by mail. The petition must include certain information, such as the names and addresses of both spouses, the date of marriage, and the grounds for separation (that is, if you are having a fault divorce).
Serving your spouse
After filing your petition, you must “serve” your spouse with copies of the documents. This means you must physically give them to your spouse or have someone else do it for you. You cannot simply mail them or leave them somewhere for your spouse to find. Once your spouse has been served, they will have 20 days to respond.
If your spouse does not respond to the divorce petition within 20 days, you can proceed with the divorce without their input. However, if they respond, you will need to work out the details of your divorce together. This includes things like child custody, property division, and alimony. Once you have reached an agreement, you will submit it to the court for approval. But, if you can’t, you’ll be forced to settle everything before a judge.
Finalizing your divorce
Once the court has approved your agreement, you will need to file a few more documents like your financial affidavits and pay a fee to finalize your divorce. After that, your divorce will be official, and you will be able to move on with your life.
The divorce process in Florida may seem complicated, but it doesn’t have to be. With the right understanding and preparation, you can make it through with minimal stress. Just be sure to take your time and get everything done correctly.