When Is My Divorce Final?

When Is My Divorce Final?

Posted By R. Gregory Colvin LLC || 12-Oct-2017

No one wants their divorce to last longer than it should. If you and your spouse recently called it quits on your marriage, you might be wondering how long it will be before your divorce is officially final, so you can move on with this new chapter in your life. Like most states, Florida does have some mandatory waiting periods and other requirements for divorce, which are all dependent on whether you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse can agree to the terms of your divorce or not, and if you qualify for a simplified divorce. Of course, regardless of what you choose, you can only begin the process of filing for a divorce in Florida if you or your spouse lived in the state for at least six months prior to filing.

What is a Simplified Divorce?

A simplified divorce is typically one of the quickest ways to finalize a divorce in Florida. However, there are many requirements you must meet in order to qualify for it, which includes:

  • You and your spouse must agree to get divorced
  • You and your spouse do not have children
  • You and your spouse both agree that neither will receive alimony
  • You and your spouse must agree as to how you plan on separating marital property

Assuming all of the above apply to your situation, to get a simplified divorce, you must submit a petition that is signed by both you and your spouse and each of you must provide financial affidavits. The court will then schedule a hearing date that is at least 20 days after you have filed the petition. If all of your information was properly submitted, the court will officially dissolve your marriage at the hearing.

Other Forms of Divorce

Of course, many people do not qualify for simplified divorces, but that does not mean your divorce needs to be prolonged. If you and your spouse are involved in an uncontested divorce and are able to agree on property division, alimony, parental responsibility and child support, the process of divorce can also be relatively short.

Contested divorces, however, often take longer since spouses are unable to reach an agreement on key issues. This type of divorce can take anywhere from a few months to years, especially if the case goes to litigation and extensive time is required to gather evidence during discovery. Ultimately, it is in the best interests of both parties to keep an open mind and negotiate the terms of the divorce to avoid having to endure a lengthy court battle.

Divorce Attorney in Orlando

Divorce can be a difficult decision to make and an emotional process to go through. At R. Gregory Colvin, LLC, our Orlando divorce attorney has more than 25 years of legal experience and is dedicated to reaching peaceful resolutions, but prepared for litigation if necessary. For the effective and passionate representation you deserve, contact our office today.

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