Florida Divorce Forms

When deciding to dissolve a divorce it can be a difficult and emotional time. Making it even harder sometimes is how confusing the entire process of filling out and filing divorce forms.

Divorce vs Dissolution

In Florida it’s first important to remember that the term dissolution is much more commonly used in this process than the word divorce. It’s also important to remember that at least one of the parties involved needs to have been a Florida resident for at least six months before filing for a divorce.

Next is qualifying for a divorce. Before filling out a Florida divorce form you must prove that there is reason to do so. In Florida they no longer deem who is “at fault” as they have found the fact to be damaging for the future of whichever spouse that may be. Instead all that you need to prove is that the marriage is irretrievably broken.

 Different Florida Divorce Types

You have two choices when it comes to filling out the Florida divorce form, a regular dissolution of marriage and a simplified dissolution of marriage. A regular dissolution is for those that have children or property where there is a need to distribute and determine custody between each of the spouses. A simplified dissolution is for those that do not have joint property or children and most often times can be done without a lawyer.

Hire a Florida Divorce Lawyer, or Per Se?

Your first step to getting ready to file a Florida divorce form is to contact a lawyer. This is especially true if you know that you will need to settle the division of your jointly owned assets or the custody of your children. This can become an emotionally charged dispute and so it’s necessary to have someone there for you that understands what they are doing and can keep a level head for you during the proceeding.

Some people choose not to hire a lawyer and in that case file their own divorce forms. Keep in mind that you will be responsible for deadlines as well as defending your decision in front of the judge. You may still come back and appeal the decision if you feel that the judge made an incorrect decision, but you are ultimately responsible for your own actions.

In most cases a divorce or dissolution will be granted as long as the proper forms and deadlines are filled out and followed. This is especially true in situations of domestic abuse. If you are a victim of domestic violence you may go to the court yourself for an injunction to prevent you from future harm from your spouse.