If you have decided to file for divorce in the state of Florida, you will need to understand the divorce process and what is expected of you during this time. Each circuit in Florida will have specific requirements for filing divorce, so it is important to review those steps precisely before filing. An experienced Florida divorce attorney can help you during this difficult time and ensure that you do not make any mistakes when filing for divorce.
Filing for divorce involves many steps, including:
In order to begin the process of divorcing your spouse, you must file for divorce in the county where you live. Begin by filling out the “Petition for Dissolution of Marriage” form. You would be the petitioner and your spouse would be the respondent. All issues you wish the court to address should be listed in your petition. Some of those issues may include alimony, child support, and asset division.
Once you file for divorce with the clerk’s office of the circuit court for the county you are filing, you will need to get this form notarized. You should obtain a copy with a date stamp and notation that shows the petition for dissolution of marriage has been filed with the court.
Once your forms have been prepared and filed, you must serve your spouse with a copy of this petition. This is known as “serving” your petition. If your spouse is agreeable, you can give your spouse the petition and your spouse can obtain and complete a form known as “Answer and Waiver of Service.” This form must be signed and notarized. If not, you can have the sheriff’s office or a private process server deliver the petition to your spouse. There must be a notarized record that your spouse was given the petition. If you are unable to find your spouse, there are alternative ways to complete this.
Once you’ve served the forms, you must turn over a completed and signed financial affidavit to your spouse within 45 days. This should include income, tax returns, bank statements, credit card statements, assets, and debts.
There are numerous pitfalls divorcing couples can make when filing for divorce. As such, it is always in your best interest to speak to an experienced and skilled Florida divorce attorney as soon as possible. Your attorney can protect your future, your assets, and your parenting time with your children throughout the divorce process.
If you have concerns regarding divorce, spousal support, or any family related dispute, the Coral Gables divorce lawyers at Estevez-Pazos Law Firm, P.A. can answer your questions and help you protect your future. We know that divorces can become contentious even in the best of circumstances. That’s why we work tirelessly to help our clients through the process and are there with them every step of the way. Call us immediately for your consultation at (305) 717-7130 or fill out our confidential contact form and someone will call you back.