Florida Divorce Forms
Free Divorce Forms for Divorce in Florida
Florida Divorce Forms: Obtaining a successful divorce in Florida requires certain forms that must be filled out and filed with the appropriate court.
These forms can be obtained through a variety of sources, but most prominently, the state.
All forms can be downloaded from the state’s website or through other commercial or informational websites.
Most of the required forms are listed under section 12 of the Florida rules of court as they pertain to family law, which is maintained by the Florida Bar Association.
These forms are free to use by anyone and can be filled out without a great deal of trouble as long as the divorcing spouses agree on all issues.
Florida Divorce Forms - Simplified Dissolution of Marriage
For a simplified dissolution of marriage, the forms are relatively few in number.
Form 12.901(a) or the Petition for Simplified Dissolution of Marriage is the form used to petition the court to legally end a marriage.
Essentially the Petition is the document that gets the case started. In addition to this Florida divorce form, the law requires a financial affidavit, notice of social security number, and a marital separation agreement in order to dissolve a marriage.
The financial affidavit, Form 12.902 (b) or (c), gives a financial overview of each spouse.
In an uncontested case, both spouses will file this form with the initial petition.
In addition to the financial form, Form 12.902(j), notice of social security number, needs to be filled out by each party to prove they have a social security number and for the social security number to be listed with the court.
Finally, a marital settlement agreement has to be completed and filed.
The marital settlement agreement, Form 12.902 (f1)(f2)(f3) is used by both parties to indicate to the court the agreement on all assets, debts, and other financial settlements between the two parties.
In a simplified marriage, there are no children and no disagreements on the disposition of assets, debt, or other financial matters.
If children or disagreements exist, there is additional processes and paperwork that must be completed.
Florida Divorce Forms - Divorce With Children
In a divorce where children are affected, cases tend to be more complicated.
In these cases, form 12.901(b)(1) and (b)(3) are the petitions for dissolution of marriage involving children.
The process is identical to the steps mentioned above and many of the same forms are used, but as mentioned, there are other requirements.
First, a Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act Affidavit, Form 12.902(d) must be filed with information on the children.
Next, a child support guidelines worksheet, Form 12.902(e) must be done if a party is asking that child support be ordered.
The list of Florida divorce forms also includes a marital settlement agreement, Form 12.902(f)(1), but it is slightly different because it includes information on the dependent or minor children.
Finally, Form 12.995(a), or Parenting Plan, be included to list out who will take care of what in regards to the well being of the child.
In all cases involving children, the court will place the child with the parent that is in the child’s best interest.
Essentially, the needs of the children come first in a divorce case.
All divorces are as unique as the people seeking a divorce ruling.
For this reason, it is best to seek the counsel of an attorney prior to filing for divorce, as the law can often be hard to understand.
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