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Online Divorce in Florida
For those seeking an inexpensive divorce in the state of Florida, online divorce is an easy, affordable and fast solution in preparing divorce documents. Online divorce may be appropriate for couples who have an uncontested case. The step-by-step process of preparing divorce documents at Onlinedivorce.com makes it easy on you. We help prepare all of the necessary divorce forms and provide detailed written instructions on how to file your divorce in Florida.
Our divorce documents preparation service can be a perfect solution for those who want to have their divorce papers completed quickly and stress-free. Even though Florida has unique divorce forms and filing requirements, our online system can provide you with what you need and instructions on how to file. We have helped thousands of people prepare their divorce documents for filing.
If you and your spouse agree on the terms of the divorce and want an amicable dissolution to your marriage, why should the process get drawn out and why should you spend money on lawyers? Online divorce is often cheaper, quicker and easier.
Online divorce can be a perfect option if you want to save money or if you hope to have your divorce quickly finalized so you can get on with your life. Preparing documents online for a divorce in Florida is quickly becoming very popular because you can complete the documents in the comfort of your home. Even if you think your case is too complex because you have children, own your own home or have other assets or debts, you may still be able to prepare your documents online. Just start with our simple questionnaire, and we’ll provide you instructions for each step of the way.
Finally, you don’t have to worry - our process is 100% secure. We protect your information and nothing is filed until you submit the divorce papers to the courthouse yourself. Filing for divorce in Florida with the OnlineDivorce.com system can be a simple solution to a difficult situation.
When you use OnlineDivorce.com, we help you fill out your divorce paperwork using a simple online questionnaire. You can fill it out alone or with the assistance of your spouse. Once completed, you will need to get a signature from your spouse and you can file the divorce forms with your local court. In Florida, you will typically file with the courthouse in the county in which you currently reside. If a petitioner is not currently a resident, but a defendant is, divorce is typically filed in the county where the defendant resides.
The actual filing process is explained in our detailed court-filing instructions that we provide along with your completed divorce forms. You can also obtain assistance from your local courthouse by calling or stopping by.
After the initial filing, you may need to follow up if there are any issues with your documents. When you use OnlineDivorce.com, we allow you to make small adjustments to your forms as requested by the court at no additional charge. Our goal is to help you obtain your divorce with as little hassle and stress as possible using our online divorce documents preparation service.
Every state has specific requirements that divorcing couples must establish residency within the state whwrw they are divorcing. Florida is no exception.
In Florida, to file for divorce in the state court, you or your spouse must have lived in the state for at least the last six months. Only one of the spouses must have this residency established. It isn’t necessary that both spouses live in the state of Florida. While one party must live in the state, the other could live anywhere else in the country or even in the world.
There are many ways to prove that residency has been established. The easiest way is if one or both spouses have a valid and in-date Florida driver’s license, ID card or voter’s registration card which was issued at least six months before filing for divorce. If this is not the case, it may be possible to establish residency, by having someone who knows you or your spouse testify that you have lived in the state for at least six months. Additionally, it may be possible to use an Affidavit of Corroborating Witness form, and it should serve as proof you’ve lived in the state a minimum of six months.
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Grounds for an online divorce using OnlineDivorce.com are the same as they would be for any divorce within the State of Florida. Grounds are merely the reason for divorce, and the state must approve them.
The State of Florida recognizes two distinct reasons for a divorce. These reasons or grounds include:
The marriage is "irretrievably broken." - Filing under these grounds would be the most typical reason for a divorce. Irretrievably broken is a valid ground for divorce if the two parties agree that they no longer want to be married, or it can be used if there is a serious reason why they cannot remain married.
There is mental incapacity of one of the parties. In this case, the disability must have been documented for at least three years before filing for the divorce. Filing under this grounds requires proof, making it a more challenging option.
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Custody of the child in Florida
In Florida divorce cases, the court can choose to award either joint or sole custody to either parent or both parents. The state of Florida defines the term joint legal custody as a form of “shared parental responsibility,” and joint custody is preferred over sole custody when it is in the best interest of the child or children. Parents are given fair and equal consideration when determining custody with no preference given based on gender. Custody is granted based on what would be in the best interests of the child, based on these following factors (among others):
The parent who is most likely to allow the child to have frequent and meaningful contact with the non-custodial parent and other family members;
Any already-established love, affection, and emotional ties between parents and the child or children;
The ability and desire of the parents to provide the child with food, medical care, clothing or remedial care, and other material and physical needs;
The length of time the child has lived in a home which has proven to be a stable, satisfactory environment which has the means of maintaining continuity;
The permanence or assumed permanence, as a family, of the existing or proposed custodial home of either of the parents;
The presumed mental, physical and moral wellness of the parents;
The ongoing home, school, and community records of the child or children;
If the child is old enough to express a preference, his or her choice in the matters;
The willingness of both parents to foster a continued relationship with the other parent--whether or not he or she is spending any time as a custodial influence in the child’s life.
Any evidence that one or both parents have lied or supplied any false testimony to the court in any matter involving domestic violence.
Whether any evidence exists to support a claim of child or spousal abuse
Other relevant factors. Although other pertinent factors may be considered, the parents’ genders will not be considered as a determining factor in choosing custody arrangements.
If possible, the court will work with the parents and their wishes for a custody agreement. Working together to create an agreeable plan on your own before the court would decide is always a good idea as the court will strongly consider any proposal the parents come up with as they are making their custody decisions. Although having an agreed upon plan for custody is encouraged, Florida does not require a parenting plan or any parenting education classes be completed before divorcing.
When creating a custody agreement, grandparents may be awarded visitation rights as part of the arrangement. Please note that custody and visitation will not be denied due to a parent or grandparent being infected by Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). [Florida Statutes Annotated; Chapter 61.13].
Rules for child support in Florida
The Florida court can order either parent to pay child support which is designed to help with the day to day costs of living for the child, based on the nature and circumstances of the case. If you would like to read detailed information regarding state rules, there are specific child support guidelines set out in Florida Statutes Annotated; Chapter 61.30. In most cases, the state will set child support based on these standard state rules. However, individual cases may have extenuating circumstances which require adjustments. Some of the specific factors for consideration for which support guidelines may be adjusted include:
Out of the ordinary medical, educational, psychological, or dental expenses (either on a one-time basis or ongoing);
The existence of income of the child or children;
The custodial parent is receiving both child support and spousal support (alimony);
Seasonal or other variations in one or both parents’ income or expenses;
The age of the child or children, with the expectation that older children will have more expenses than younger;
Special needs of the children or the family;
Terms put into writing of a shared parental arrangement;
The total assets of both the parents and the child;
The impact of the IRS Dependency Exemption on the parent’s taxes;
Any other reasonable consideration to make the child support payments equitable; and
If the child support guidelines would require the supporting spouse to pay 55% or more of his or her personal income toward such a cost.
It is important to note that medical insurance for the child and life insurance that covers the life of the parent who pays support may be a requirement of the court. Payments for child support can sometimes be required to be funded through a protected state bank. [Florida Statutes Annotated--Chapters 61.13 and 61.30].
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Rules for spousal support in Florida
Spousal support, also known as alimony, can be awarded to help one spouse live in a manner established during marriage after the union is dissolved. Support can be decided upon by the couple together or may be awarded by the court. The court may award rehabilitative (short term) or long-term alimony to either of the spouses in either one lump-sum or as monthly/yearly payments or both. Adultery can be a factor in awarding support. This means that if one spouse was thought to “cause” the divorce through an extra-marital affair, he or she might be less likely to be awarded alimony or it can change the amount that would be granted. Other factors which are considered in the awarding of spousal support are:
The time needed to obtain education and/or training that would enable a spouse to find appropriate employment and that spouse’s future capacity to earn a living in such a role;
The standard of living which was established during the time of the marriage;
The length of the marriage;
The financial resources of the spouses in comparison to each other. Resources would include their earning abilities in the labor market;
The contribution that each spouse makes to the marriage, including services rendered in the workforce, homemaking, childcare, care of other family members, education, and helping to build the career of the other spouse;
The ages of each of the spouses currently and at the time of marriage;
The emotional and physical wellbeing of the spouses;
Each spouse’s marital and non-marital assets and liabilities;
Other factors which the court deems vital in making such a decision.
Please note that alimony payments can be ordered to be paid through a state depository in some cases. [Florida Statutes Annotated; Chapter 61.08].
Property division in Florida
When a couple divorces in Florida, they must distribute property in a fair and equitable manner. Legally, Florida is considered to be an “equitable distribution” state. Each spouse’s non-marital property is to be retained by that spouse. Non-marital property is deemed to be all property which was acquired before the marriage, property received as a gift or inheritance, and any property declared to be non-marital as per a written agreement contracted between the spouses. Once the non-marital property is set aside, the court is required to begin property distribution with the premise that all marital property should be equally divided. Property distribution is based on the following factors:
The contribution of each spouse to the acquisition of the marital estate, including the contribution of a spouse as homemaker or caretaker of children or home;
The length of the marriage;
The age and health of the spouses at the time of divorce;
The amount and sources of income of the spouses as well as their opportunities to earn;
The estate, debts, other liabilities, and needs of each spouse and the possibility that each may have for further obtaining capital assets or satisfactory income;
The standard of living established during the years or months of marriage;
The time necessary for a spouse to acquire sufficient education to enable the spouse to find appropriate employment; and
Any other factor necessary to do equity and justice between the spouses.
In the State of Florida, marital misconduct (infidelity, etc.) is not considered as a factor in determining property distribution. All retirement, profit-sharing, pension, investments and insurance are considered as property;
In addition to the standard property distribution rules, there are dedicated rules which determine whether a spouse will be entitled to credits or setoffs if the marital home is sold. These rules are based on the following factors;
The tangible and intangible contribution to the marriage by each of the spouses, including the services as a homemaker or stay at home parent;
The current and assumed future fiscal circumstances of the two divorcing parties;
The length of the marriage;
The interruption or halting of career or failure to pursue the educational opportunity of one spouse in support of the other;
The contribution that a spouse may make to the occupation or educational chances of the other;
The desire that one spouse may have in retaining the home or another piece of property--especially if there are others involved in the picture;
The contributions that each spouse makes in regards to the acquisition, enhancement, and production of income or the improvement of both the home or other assets in question;
The desire of either spouse to keep the marital home as a stable residence for dependent children;
Any noted or suspected destruction, waste or depletion of this or any other marital assets after the petition was filed or within two years before the filing; and
Any other factors deemed important by the courts. [Florida Statutes Annotated--Chapters 61.075 to 61.077].
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Mediation support in Florida
Divorce mediation is an option in some divorce cases in the state of Florida. If there are minor children involved in the divorce or if one of the spouses feels that the marriage is irretrievably broken while the other denies it, the court may delay the proceedings for up to three months. In this case, the court requires that the spouses seek counseling, attempt reconciliation or require the spouses to attend court-appointed mediation sessions. [Florida Statutes Annotated; Chapters 61.052 and 61.183]. Also if there are issues involved in the divorce that the parties do not currently agree on, but both parties wish to continue with the divorce, the spouses may decide to seek mediation on their own. These mediators can help resolve difficult issues and allow the divorce to proceed smoothly in an uncontested fashion. For example, this can happen when a spouse believes he or she may be granted something by a court which the other spouse believes is contrary to the law or the facts; a mediator as a neutral third-party could explain what the likely outcome would be which could quickly resolve the dispute.
For those seeking to prepare their divorce papers using OnlineDivorce.com, utilizing divorce mediation can be a great tool to smooth out disagreements and prevent the case from going to court. This can be the simplest way to help achieve a fast, easy and affordable divorce.
Divorce forms in Florida
Florida forms produced by OnlineDivorce.com are court approved divorce forms. We have automated the process of filling them out to simplify matters and avoid difficulties which may occur with filling out paperwork by yourself. By utilizing OnlineDivorce.com, you can simplify the process of preparing divorce documents and help both parties to move forward with their lives.
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Filing fees for divorce in Florida
When you file your divorce papers, the court will charge filing fees that may vary by county. These costs are in addition to the cost of using OnlineDivorce.com. Please check with your local courthouse to determine the exact amount.
How long will it take?
The use of the OnlineDivorce.com service usually takes between 30 minutes and two hours or more depending on the complexity of your case. You’ll start filling out the questionnaire immediately and can either complete it in one sitting, or you can save your progress and complete it at a later date if that is more convenient for you.
Once you have completed the documents, you will need to sign and file them and get your spouse’s signature. You’ll have more information regarding the finalization of your divorce case once you complete your paperwork and submit it with the clerk of court.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I really file for divorce in Florida without a lawyer?
Florida law allows people to represent themselves in the courts, including in divorce cases. So any person can file for divorce without a lawyer, following the same requirements and basic steps of the procedure as those who resort to legal assistance.
Though it is not prohibited by law to represent yourself, such a do-it-yourself dissolution of marriage is not usually recommended if the spouses contest the case. Contested cases are more complicated and risky, so it can be challenging to arrange the litigation by yourself and achieve the desired outcome.
On the contrary, if the spouses can reach an agreement about all the essential terms of their separation out-of-court, they can try to handle a divorce without an attorney, even if they have marital property or minor children. If the parties need any help with their settlement agreement or parenting plan, they can opt for a legal consultation or mediation sessions instead of hiring an attorney.
If the spouses do not have minor children, neither party is seeking alimony, and they are ready to sign the petition jointly and go to the final hearing together, the spouses are qualified for what is called a simplified dissolution of marriage. In such a case, the main challenge of the procedure is preparing the paperwork. If the parties want to save time and effort, they can entrust this task to an online divorce service which is much cheaper than paying an attorney.
How can I file for divorce in Florida without a lawyer?
Foremost, to file for divorce in Florida, the spouses have to meet the residency requirements of the state.
They also have to determine whether they are qualified for a simplified dissolution of marriage or if they are going to arrange an uncontested divorce without a lawyer. Each divorce starts with filing the Petition for Dissolution of Marriage and other initial divorce forms in the Circuit Court.
At the moment of the filing, the plaintiff (or the spouses jointly, if they apply as co-petitioners) has to pay a court filing fee to officially start the divorce procedure.
Next, the plaintiff has to serve the other spouse with copies of the Petition and the Summons, following the rules of civil procedure. Those who are qualified for a simplified process can skip this step. After being served, the second spouse must file a response.
How much does it cost to get an uncontested divorce in Florida?
An uncontested divorce is usually much cheaper than a contested divorce, but since the circumstances of each couple are different, the required cost can also vary significantly.
The cost of any divorce in Florida starts with a court filing fee, a payment for the court's services, charged at the moment of filing. The filing fee varies slightly depending on the forms required and the county used, but on average, it is about $400 in Florida.
The rest of the costs depend on whether the case is contested or not, whether a lawyer is hired, and if other services like mediation sessions, consultations, parenting classes, or online divorce are used. These alternative divorce options are cheaper than hiring an attorney, but it is still impossible to predict the overall cost of the divorce process without considering the particular situation.
How long do you have to live in Florida to file for divorce?
For Florida court to have jurisdiction over the case, the spouses must meet the residency requirements of the state.
So, according to Florida Statutes, either spouse must have been a resident of the state of Florida for at least six months before filing the Petition for Dissolution of Marriage. The party can prove residency through a valid Florida driver's license, a Florida voter's registration card, a valid Florida identification card, or the testimony or affidavit of a third party.
How long do you have to respond to divorce papers in Florida?
The plaintiff has to serve the divorce documents to the other spouse (defendant) within 120 days of initiating the proceeding.
Once the defendant is served, he or she must file the Answer to Petition for Dissolution of Marriage with the court within no more than 20 days from the date on the summons.
In the answer, the party should tell the court what provisions of the petition he or she agrees with and what he/she disagrees with. Otherwise, a judge can move forward without the defendant's input and grant a default divorce.
How do you get a free divorce in Florida?
Although simplified dissolution or uncontested divorce in Florida can be really inexpensive, it is still not free.
Even if the spouses are ready to resolve all the disputed issues without any legal assistance and complete the paperwork on their own, they still have to pay a court filing fee, which is about $400 in Florida.
The court filing fee is mandatory for all plaintiffs. However, those petitioners who cannot afford to pay this cost can submit a fee waiver. They will have to provide financial information on income, liabilities, and debts, and if the court accepts the request, the charge will be reduced to $25.
What papers do I need to file for a divorce in Florida?
The primary divorce forms required to file for divorce in Florida vary depending on the type of dissolution. For example, there are three different petition forms: Petition for Dissolution of Marriage with Dependent or Minor Children, Petition for Dissolution of Marriage with Property but No Dependent or Minor Children, and Petition for Dissolution of Marriage with No Dependent Children or Property.
Also, the spouses have to file a Family Law Financial Affidavit, Notice of Social Security Number, Notice of Current Address, and Marital Settlement Agreement, if the case is uncontested.
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With a contested divorce, spouses will have to go through numerous steps before the divorce is finalized, including:
prepare, file, and serve (deliver) the divorce petition
respond to the petition
interview and hire an attorney
pre-trial legal motions and hearings
settlement proposals and negotiations between attorneys
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appeal, if you dispute the trial judge’s decision(s)
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