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The only fun thing about divorce, seems to be its fictionalization. Drama can be fun when you’re not paying for it. Being entrenched in the process, is complicated and costly, and you might as well get a law degree and pass the bar, for all the education you’re going to need to efficiently complete the process.

Even without mutual children, or property, and with both parties in agreement, attaining a Simplified Dissolution of Marriage starts at approximately $450-500. The majority of that cost goes towards filing fees, and they’re unavoidable.

That being said, a Simplified Dissolution of Marriage is the closest, legal process, that you can get to an amicable parting and is composed of the following elements:

-Both parties agree to the use of this form of dissolution proceeding.

-There are no children adopted or otherwise, under the age of 18

-Neither party is pregnant.

-At least one of the parties has lived in Florida for the past six months.

-The parties have agreed on the division of all of their property (assets) and obligations (debts)

-Neither party is seeking alimony

-Both parties agree that the marriage is irretrievably broken.  

In this scenario, there are two players: the petitioner and the respondent. The petitioner files for divorce with the clerk of court:

Filing

A copy of the filing is given to the respondent, to which the respondent files an answer within 20 days.  That’s it!

But many divorces do not go simply.

Though the rise in amicable parting, also known as conscious uncoupling, gained traction with the division of Chris Martin from Gwyneth Paltrow, it is not the path that most humans take. Dissolutions of marriage in Florida see a very high causation by domestic violence

If it’s not simple, or property and/or children are involved, there is a free ½ hour consultation, where you can get your footing on how to proceed:

Consultation

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