How to file for an uncontested divorce

On Behalf of | Apr 8, 2022 | Divorce |

When you and your spouse decide to go separate ways, an uncontested divorce may be a benefit.

Even if you agree to the split, you must follow the legal dissolution of marriage process.

Draft a marital agreement

Discussing the terms of your divorce is necessary to ensure you and your spouse accept everything.  Any item not agreed upon and left up to a judge’s decision is a contested divorce. Things you must consider are:

  • Payment of debts
  • Division of your marital assets
  • Selling or keeping the home
  • Alimony
  • Parental responsibilities of children
  • Life insurance
  • Retirement accounts
  • Collectables and family heirlooms

You and your spouse should complete a Marital Settlement Agreement, legally documenting your decisions.

Follow the court process

An uncontested divorce still requires you to follow a legal process.

  1. File a petition with the court – Having completed a settlement agreement, one spouse can file a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage, available online. The courts collect a filing fee and may request additional documentation, including the Marital Settlement Agreement, at this time.
  2. Serve the non-filing spouse – The courts notify your spouse of the divorce by serving official papers. Your spouse must respond within 20 days, at which time the courts schedule a hearing.
  3. Attend the hearing – At the meeting with you, your spouse and a judge, the judge reviews all submitted documents for accuracy and fairness. If the judge approves the divorce, he or she issues a final judgment.

Being familiar with Florida’s uncontested divorce procedures ensures the process goes efficiently.