Uncontested Divorce in Florida

Florida Uncontested Divorce

Attending your Final Hearing 

In Florida, both you and your spouse will need to appear before the court for a short hearing before you can be divorced, even with a simplified divorce. The hearing is usually set a short time after you have filed your petition for simplified dissolution. The judge will make sure you or your spouse have lived in Florida for at least six months, which you can prove with a drivers’ license or a witness with knowledge of your residency. The judge will also make sure that you meet the requirements for a simplified dissolution of marriage and make sure that all of your paperwork has been completed.
If you and your spouse haven't signed a marital settlement agreement, the judge will also hear your oral agreement at that time. If you have a settlement agreement, the judge will review it to make sure it meets all of the requirements to be valid. Once the judge is satisfied that all of your paperwork is in order, he or she will sign your final judgment and you will then be officially divorced.
Lawyers often charge a flat, set fee for an uncontested divorce Florida because they know roughly how much time they will have to put into the matter. (This is cheap compared to a contested divorce where they don't know how long the battle will go on for, and therefore have to charge an hourly rate.) We are not lawyers, and as a result, can save you a lot of money. An uncontested divorce in Florida means that the parties agree on all issues such as division of property and debts, alimony or not, child support, visitation if applicable, and responsibility for attorney fees (if applicable). There is nothing left for the judge to decide.

In FL, alimony also known as spousal support is a complicated topic. But fundamentally, it is the need for assistance by one party, and the ability of the other party to pay alimony. (This is different than child support, which is a statutory formula/calculation.) Alimony can be an issue in uncontested divorces in Florida. Alimony involves factors such as length of marriage, the lifestyle that a party has become accustomed to, and each party’s income, earning ability, and expenses. Alimony can be granted even in a short term marriage, although not necessarily for very long.