What is a Simple Divorce?

Nobody goes into a marriage with the intention of it ending; however, divorce is as much a reality of society as marriage itself. Divorce can be a complicated issue and it's not unusual for there to be some hiccups along the way. This process can be made easier by understanding that there are different categories of divorce. Understanding what category a couple's divorce falls into can help them be prepared as the process unfolds. If a divorce qualifies as a simple divorce, there are a few factors that the couple should keep in mind.

Overview: A Simple Divorce:

Some divorces can be expensive to resolve; however, a simplified divorce can be relatively inexpensive way of resolving a marriage. In order for a couple to qualify for a simplified divorce, there are a few requirements that need to be met. These include:

Children: A simplified divorce can have zero minor or dependent children. On the surface, this means children living in the home under the age of 18. Dependent children also cannot be born from the marriage; children brought into the marriage from prior relationships do not disqualify a divorce from being ruled "simple." The wife also cannot be pregnant.

Property: A division of property needs to be agreed to when the couple shows up to court for the first time. This agreement should be filed with the court as well.

Finances: The couple cannot have any financial obligations that are unresolved. 

Residency: In the state of Florida, at least one of the two parties needs to have been a resident of the state for a minimum of six months before filing for a simplified divorce. The residency must also be corroborated by a witness.

Agreement: Both of the parties need to complete an agreement regarding the marital settlement.

If the marriage falls under these categories, the divorce can be "simplified." This can make the divorce process significantly smoother and, likely, less expensive. 

Help is Available

Even if the divorce will qualify as a simplified divorce, it is still a good idea to meet with an experienced attorney to ensure that nothing is overlooked. These could be complications along the way that can be difficult for the average person to work through. For this reason, do not hesitate to ask for help from a legal professional. Together, a decision can be made that is in the party's best interest.
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