For Florida pro se litigants who are low income, tax supported, on social security, on unemployment compensation, an Application for Determination of Civil Indigent Status is available, where they can have filing and court fees waived.
Call us to see if you qualify! 888-771-3330 786-484-1238 786-484-9060
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 clients 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
HOW CAN I SAVE MONEY WITH MY DIVORCE?
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 and/or obtain a legal membership such as a Legal Shield membership, previously known as Pre-Paid Legal Services family plan, available through our office.
Court filing fees are not included - if you do not qualify for a court filing fee waiver then $409.00 will be due at the time of filing or $25 if a court filing fee payment plan is desired. You can file for divorce in Florida without an attorney becoming a pro se divorce litigant (self represented). If there are no custody issues, alimony, assets or liabilities to fight for then the involvement of attorneys (and their high cost) may not be needed.
MIAMI DADE AND PRO-SE DIVORCE
In Miami Dade county pro se divorce litigants must use the Family Court Self Help Program in order to file their divorce paperwork with the clerk of court. They will make you buy a packet of $65 which you will need to complete, notarize and then make an appointment to bring back to the court. Then you have to wait for a court hearing with the judge. The timeline for all of this, even with a simple divorce is approximately 90 days, after paying for parking, tolls, and taking days off from work.
What many people do not know is that even if you live in Miami Dade County, you do not have to file for divorce at their courthouse. There are many courthouses around the State of Florida that have better ways of pro-se filers to file for their divorce. As long as the divorce is in mutual agreement, the divorce can be filed anywhere in the State of Florida.
If you already purchased a $65 packet and wish to proceed with the Miami Dade Self Help Program please CLICK HERE for information on our typing and notarization service.
HOW CAN DOCUMENTS ASSIST HELP ME THROUGH MY DIVORCE? Easy! If your divorce IS IN AGREEMENT Our office is the only legal document preparation service with an office in South Florida that offers an express divorce where no court hearing is required and the divorce decree is received by mail 30-45 days! If you hate the idea of going to court, then this is the right option for you.
If your divorce is NOT IN MUTUAL AGREEMENT, then you will need aDivorce by Summons.
IMPORTANT: YOU MAY QUALIFY FOR A WAIVER OF THE COURT FILING FEE.
IF YOU ARE UNEMPLOYED OR BELOW 125% OF THE POVERTY LEVEL, YOU MAY SAVE $409 CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION IF YOU DO NOT QUALIFY FOR THE WAIVER WE CAN OBTAIN A PAYMENT PLAN (no longer available in Miami Dade County) IN YOUR BEHALF. CLICK ON THE LINK ABOVE FOR MORE INFORMATION.
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 PROFESSIONAL LEGAL 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 and/or obtain a legal membership such as a Pre-Paid Legal Services family plan, available through our office.
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 Filing must be submitted to the approved newspaper.
The publication must run in the newspaper for 30 days. Then the proof of the publication must be filed at the courthouse along with a motion for default, a default and a notice of hearing.
Finally attend the final hearing before the Judge, and you will walk out with your divorce in hand.