SELF HELP DIVORCE - DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE in FLORIDA
Making the decision to get a divorce is not an easy one to reach. At Documents Assist we understand that. Our divorce customers have access to our cell phones and can call us with any question or concern related to their divorce case any day during our extended business hours. Our office can prepare divorce paperwork under any of these circumstances:
Your Spouse lives out-of-state or out of the country.
The wife desires a name change
Unknown address or missing spouse
Whether your spouse is willing or not willing to sign the papers
DOCUMENTS ASSIST will include the court filing fee waiver for you in your packet at no additional charge!
SIMPLE DIVORCE - WITH AGREEMENT
FLORIDA EXPRESS DIVORCE PREPARATION SERVICE COMPLETED AND NOTARIZED BY A DOCUMENT PREPARER
Please take note that we are not attorneys and therefore cannot provide any legal advice. For free legal advice contact the Greater Miami Legal Aid office at 305-576-0080 or the Florida Bar
Court filing fees are not included - if you do not qualify for a court filing fee waiver then $408.00 will be due at the time of filing or $25 if a court filing fee payment plan is desired.
DIVORCE BY SUMMONS
Divorce is always a difficult process, sometimes an agreement on how to proceed cannot be reached. Following are some of the signs that the divorce will not be in mutual agreement and a Divorce by Summons will be required:
Other party is not answering your calls, text or email
He or she is not providing whatever information is needed from him/her
There is a history of domestic violence among you - physical or verbal
If any of these apply then you do not qualify to get an express divorce and a divorce with summons process has to be done.
IMPORTANT - In order to get a divorce by summons you need to know where he/she lives. If you do not know where to live you will need aDivorce by Publication, call us for more information.
Here is an idea of how a divorce with summons process works:
The forms have to be prepared and notarized. Then they are submitted to the court. The clerk will issue a summons which will need to be served by a sheriff or a licensed process server.
Once the other person is served then he/she will have 20 calendar days to respond to the divorce petition.
If he/she does not respond, then a Motion for Default, a Default and a Notice of Hearing are filed at the courthouse. If he/she responds, then a Notice of Hearing is the only document that needs to be filed.
Finally, a hearing before the judge will take place, or a mediation meeting, depending on the particulars of the divorce case.
MISSING SPOUSE, DIVORCE BY PUBLICATION
If you do not know where your spouse lives or if he/she lives out of the country then a divorce by publication is the correct divorce to file. This divorce has certain elements that must be done in order in order for the divorce to be done correctly.
The forms are prepared and notarized. After they are filed at the courthouse, a Notice of Action must be submitted to the approved newspaper.
The publication must run in the newspaper for 30 days. Lastly, you will have a Final Hearing before the Judge, or, depending on the county where your divorce case was filed, you may not need to attend a hearing and you will receive the Final Judgment in the mail at home.