Understanding Divorce in Florida

Jacksonville Family AttorneyThe end of a marriage is often a stressful and emotional experience. Despite all efforts to avoid it, you may still find yourself facing divorce. In some cases, it isn’t easy to decide how to move forward and split your assets. That’s why it’s important to hire a compassionate and knowledgeable Jacksonville family attorney that understands your situation.

Dissolution of a Marriage

In Florida, there are two ways of filing for divorce. The most common filing is known as a “Regular Dissolution of Marriage,” while the less common, but more feasible version is called a “Simplified Dissolution of Marriage.” A regular dissolution involves attorneys and court proceedings, where the simplified version may not require attorney involvement, though correct documentation filing and appearance in court is still required.

Splitting Amicably

If you intend to separate in an amicable manner, then you could save yourself a lot of stress and attorney fees. In Florida, there’s no requirement to establish fault in a divorce, so you may simply choose to separate. In a collaborative dissolution, both parties and their attorneys sign a participation agreement that describes the nature and scope of the divorce. You and your former spouse will both be expected to voluntarily disclose all relevant information regarding the assets of your marriage.

However, don’t feel obligated to choose a simplified version of divorce simply to avoid conflict. A family attorney will help you handle either dissolution so that your best interests are protected.