Divorce with Property/Liabilities (no minor children) Process in Florida
Our fee: $320 (can be paid in 2 payments)
Here is our process for a Divorce with property and or liabilities in Detail. There are three options for filing for this type of process and it will depend on your own circumstances.
Our process is as follows:
- Submit a client intake form to our office divorce with property
- We will prepare the forms based on one of the options below in 24-48 hours and email them to you for review
- Once review we facilitate the notarizations if you are located in Miami, Tampa or Orlando.
- We will help you efile the signed forms.
- We will facilitate efiling of any additional forms or documents until the case is final.
Option 1 – In Mutual Agreement
No Court Divorce Option
If both of you have been separated for quite some time and you feel things are pretty stable this is a great option.
For a divorce without a court hearing (no-court divorce) the case will be filed in Lee County. It does not matter if you never lived there as long as one of you have lived in the State of Florida for the last 6 months.
This county makes the process very easy and accommodating for anyone filing for divorce.
Once filed the judge reviews the documents and mails the final judgement to you and your ex along with a copy of the marital settlement agreement typically within 60 days.
If you feel that you want your case to stay local in case something on the agreement changes in the future then the case will be filed in your local courthouse and a final hearing will be requested.
Option 2 – Divorce by Summons
This is required when your ex won’t cooperate with the process. After the forms are filed we submit the case to the local sheriff to get your ex served the divorce documents. Once served he/she will have 20 calendar days to respond in writing to the court.
When the time period expires we submit the final paperwork to get the hearing scheduled. Most of these divorces are referred to court mandated mediation prior to a final hearing being scheduled.
Option 3 – By Publication
This process is followed when the whereabouts of your ex are not known. The court submits an article on a local newspaper and runs it for 30 calendar days.
Meanwhile we can help you with the mandatory search process ($50 additional cost). We will contact the following agencies on your behalf:
- Military agencies
- Florida driver license bureu
- Voter registration records
- Florida motor vehicle bureu
- Online databases
- Prepare list of family members of your ex and phone numbers of known family members
If an address is obtained you are responsible for submitting a return receipt letter to the address (we will provide the letter) informing the respondent of the divorce process and to confirm such address and/or contact you.
If no address has been found – once it expires the proof is submitted to the court and the rest of the required documents are filed in order to obtain a hearing.
- Court filing fee waiver – Many of our clients do not have to pay the court filing fee. If the affidavit of indigent status is approved our client typically does not have to pay any other fees.
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