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Florida allows simplified divorce for people with no minor kids

People who are married and don't have children under 18 can often use the simplified divorce option that's available here in Florida. This provides them with a faster and easier process that enables them to move forward with life without having to go through a contentious divorce.

In order to file for a simplified divorce, you must have lived in the state for six months prior to filing. You can't have any minor children or seek alimony. Additionally, the wife can't be pregnant at the time of the divorce.

When you file for a simplified divorce, you and your ex have to agree on all the applicable points, including property division. You also must agree that the marriage can't be salvaged.

It is possible to consider fault when dividing assets in these cases, but this might mean that the split takes longer than you originally planned. Simplified divorces in which both parties agree on everything can be finalized in about 30 days.

Once you come to the agreements with your ex, you'll have to appear in court to have it finalized. The judge will ensure that both parties understand what the order means before they sign the final decree. Your divorce is official once that document is signed by the judge and recorded by the clerk of court.

Throughout the simplified divorce process, you must protect your interests. Thinking about the various ways that each decision can impact you might help you to determine how to handle a situation. Make sure that you consider things from a practical standpoint instead of an emotional one as you split property and work through other matters.

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