WHAT IS THE PROCESS OF PREPARING AND FILING MY DIVORCE PAPERS WITH FLORIDA LEGAL FORM SERVICE?
- Select the type of divorce you are seeking from our services section.
- Fill out the appropriate form and submit it to us. If we have questions we will contact you by telephone.
- We will either email you your completed divorce papers or mail them to you, whichever you choose for us to do.
- You will need to have the documents signed and/or notarized and email them back to us.
- We can help you e-file your divorce papers and you will receive a case number from the court within 24-48 business hours.
- You will received notification from the court when your divorce is finalized.
I AM UNEMPLOYED AND/OR HAVE A VERY LOW INCOME. IS THERE A WAY I CAN GET MY COURT FEES WAIVED?
Under certain circumstances the court will waive court fees for filing your pleadings. We will provide a Fee Waiver document to you upon your request to fill out and return to us to file with your initial divorce documents. It is not guaranteed that you will be accepted as indigent, unable to pay due to income, but we do provide the document as part of our divorce packages for you to file to see if you qualify.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO GET MY DIVORCE FINALIZED AFTER FILING MY DOCUMENTS WITH THE COURT?
The majority of customers are divorced in about 30 days or less after filing the documents with the court. FLFS can file your documents via the Florida E-filing portal for you, which will save you time vs. you filing them personally with the court. You will also save time and stress by having FLFS fill out these complicated divorce forms for you.
WE DIDN’T GET MARRIED IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA. AM IS STILL ABLE TO GET A DIVORCE IN FLORIDA?
As long as you meet the requirements for residency in Florida, then you can file your divorce in the State of Florida. You or your spouse must be a Florida resident for at least 6 months before you file your divorce papers, and you and your spouse are in agreement with all aspects of the divorce, i.e. child support, asset & liability division, ect.
I HEARD THAT THE STATE OF FLORIDA RECENTLY PASSED LEGISLATION FOR ELECTRONIC NOTARIZATION OF MY DIVORCE DOCUMENTS. HOW DOES THIS WORK?
Yes, this is true. For an additional fee, FLFS can arrange for you to have your divorce papers notarized through a third party electronic notarization company. You will need to be in the state of Florida and have a valid ID. If you would like for use to arrange this for you, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org after you purchase your divorce package. The cost for this service is $25.00 per document that needs notarization and must be paid to Florida Legal Form Service prior to contacting the notarization company.
WHAT IS THE COURT COST FOR FILING MY DOCUMENTS?
The filing fee in the State of Florida for filing for a dissolution of marriage is $408.00, which is required at the time of filing your initial divorce papers with the court. Many of our customers get their fees waived. If you you make less than $2,000.00 per month the court may waive your fees. We provide you with a Fee Waiver request form as part of your document package.
I HAVE BEEN UNABLE TO LOCATE MY SPOUSE. CAN I STILL FILED FOR A DIVORCE?
You can still file for divorce if you can’t locate your spouse. The State of Florida requires that you make a diligent attempt at searching for your spouse. You will need to place an advertisement in the newspaper in the are of the last known address for 4 consecutive weeks. If your spouse does not come forth you can then file a default and have your divorce finalized. If children are not involved FLFS can file your divorce under the No Court Divorce option. It usually takes about 60 days after the divorce has been filed to finalize.
CAN YOU EXPLAIN WHAT A NO COURT DIVORCE IS?
If you and your spouse mutually agree on all aspects of the divorce including assets, bills, children’s issues, ect., you know the location of your spouse, and they agree to sign all the divorce papers, and at least one of you has lived in the State of Florida for the last six months then you can file for a No Court Divorce in most counties in Florida. Filing this way you do not have to attend a court hearing, as long as all of the criteria above are met 100%. The divorce is usually finalized within 45 days from the date of filing the initial documents. We cannot guarantee, however, that the court will not request a hearing be set.
ARE MOST COUNTY COURTS EASY TO DEAL WITH?
For the most part, yes. There is one exception, however. Miami-Dade County is short staffed, overworked and has cut hours. It is not the easiest court to deal with during a divorce proceeding if you are Pro Se (no attorney involved). Miami-Dade would require you to purchase a divorce packet for $65.00 and make an appointment to have your paperwork reviewed once it is filled out. Calling the court is not an option because they never answer the telephone. So you are left to have to go in person, and the appointment usually takes weeks to get. Florida Legal Form Service can take this stress from your life by helping you file a No Court Divorce so that you do not have to appear in court. In order to be able to file a No Court Divorce, you must meet all the State of Florida requirements stated above. You should have your finalized divorce within 30 days instead of the headache and hassle of going directly through Miami-Dade County courthouse to file your divorce papers.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I HAVE FLORIDA LEGAL FORM SERVICE PREPARE MY DOCUMENTS AND MY SPOUSE DECIDES AFTER THE FACT THAT THEY WILL NOT AGREE ON ALL TERMS.
It is important for you and your spouse to discuss and agree on all terms and have these agreements in place and noted before you submit your request and pay for your documents to be prepared by Florida Legal Form Services. We cannot offer a refund after the paperwork has been prepared. If your spouse does not agree with all terms of your divorce it is highly recommended that you seek an attorney who is licensed in the State of Florida and in the county you are filing your divorce for further assistance. Florida Legal Form Service cannot provide you with any legal advice, nor can we prepare paperwork for contested divorces.
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