A simplified divorce is an inexpensive way of ending a marriage.
In order to file a simplified divorce both parties must meet the following requirements:
There can be no minor or dependent children born from the marriage nor can the wife be pregnant.
If there is property, division of property has been agreed to and a written property division agreement must be filed with the court at the time of initial appearance.
You cannot have any unresolved financial obligations.
One of the parties must be a Florida resident for at least six months prior to the date of filing and your residency must be corroborated by a witness.
Both parties will be required to complete a marital settlement agreement.
If you and your spouse do not meet all of the below requirements, we cannot assist you in the preparation of your divorce petition.
Filing the petition
To file a petition for a simplified divorce, both parties must appear together, in person at the Lawson E. Thomas Courthouse Center.
Both parties must present a valid Florida photo identification containing a signature.
You may bring a witness with you at the time of filing or file a notarized certificate of corroborating witness. The witness must also present a valid Florida photo identification such as a Florida Driver's License or a Florida Identification Card at the time of appearance.
The final hearing date is approximately 30 days after the filing date.
Visit the fee schedule for a complete list of our current fees. Payment is accepted in cash, cashier's check, money order, Visa, Discover, MasterCard or American Express and is non-refundable. Personal checks are not accepted.
If you are not represented by an attorney, you may benefit from the Self-Help Project. For a fee, the Self-Help Project provides packets containing all forms necessary for divorce and other family court matters.