In Florida, the law allows for a contested divorce or uncontested divorce. A dissolution of marriage by way of a contested divorce means that the court will decide issues such as asset division, time-sharing, parental responsibility, division of debts and property as well as the award of alimony and child support. You may file a simplified dissolution of marriage in Florida if all of the following are true:
- You and your spouse agree that the marriage cannot be saved.
- You and your spouse agree to let the courts work out how the two of you will divide the things that you both own (your assets) and who will pay what part of the money you both owe (your liabilities), and you are both satisfied with this division.
- You are not seeking support (alimony) from your spouse, and vice versa.
- You are willing to give up your right to trial and appeal.
- You and your spouse are both willing to go into the clerk’s office to sign the petition (not necessarily together).
- You and your spouse are both willing to go to the final hearing (at the same time).