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What is The Difference Between Simplified Dissolution Of Marriage And A Regular Divorce?

August 4, 2015 by  
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There are two types of divorce or dissolution of marriage in Florida.  The regular divorce route and what is called simplified dissolution of marriage. The simplified dissolution of marriage is designed to make things simpler when the parties do not have children, are not seeking alimony,  and can agree to the distribution of marital property, assets, and liabilities between themselves.

Not everyone can use the simplified procedure. Couples can use the simplified dissolution of marriage only if all the following requirements are met: 

Both parties agree to the use of this form of dissolution proceeding.
There are no minor (under 18) or dependent children.
There are no adopted children under the age of 18.
Neither party is pregnant.
At least one of the parties has lived in Florida for the past six months.
There is an agreement as to the division of all of their property (assets) and obligations (debts).
There is no alimony sought by either party.
Both parties agree that the marriage is irretrievably broken. 

The regular divorce route applies where the parties have children, may be seeking alimony, or have not reached an agreement on the division of marital assets and liabilities.  

In a regular divorce, each spouse has the right to examine and cross-examine the other and their witness. Each spouse also has the ability to obtain documents concerning the other’s income, expenses, assets, and debts before a trial or settlement trough mandatory disclosure and discovery. With a simplified dissolution, financial information may be requested by either party, but disclosing financial information is not required. Even when the regular divorce process applies the parties can still come to an agreement.



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