If you were eligible to file a Petition for Simplified Dissolution of Marriage and you and your spouse have reached a mutually acceptable agreement on all issues, you will then file Florida family law form 12.902(f)(3), Marital Settlement Agreement for Simplified Dissolution of Marriage. This form will ask the date of your marriage, and will state that due to irreconcilable differences in your marriage, this Marital Settlement Agreement will settle completely what is owed to each partner and what will be received from each partner. Both parties will state that nothing has been held back and that all assets and debts have been fully disclosed. The Marital Settlement Agreement requires that both spouses have either filed a Family Law Financial Affidavit or have mutually waived the Financial Affidavit requirement.
The Marital Settlement Agreement for Simplified Dissolution of Marriage form is very detailed in showing the description of the items the wife shall receive and those the husband shall receive, as well as the debts to be paid by the wife and those to be paid by the husband. Both parties will waive the right to spousal support. It is important to know that the Marital Settlement Agreement for Simplified Dissolution of Marriage does not transfer title to any marital property; these transfers must be done through deed or supplemental final judgment. The Marital Settlement Agreement for Simplified Dissolution of Marriage must be typed, or written legibly in black ink, then filed with the court clerk. The clerk will provide you with a date for your court appearance; if all paperwork is in order, the judge can finalize your divorce by signing the Final Judgment of Simplified Dissolution of Marriage which you must prepare and bring with you to the hearing.
Spouses who have little to argue over regarding assets, or any other typical marital issues, will obviously spend less and enjoy a quicker, less stressful divorce. Those couples who are in absolute agreement regarding asset and debt division, have no minor children, are neither requesting spousal support and have met the requirements for financial affidavits can use the Simplified Dissolution of Marriage documents. You may choose to prepare and file your paperwork on your own, believing it will save you money, however in many cases, the time you end up spending preparing the necessary documents and going back and forth to the clerk’s office to file your paperwork can actually end up costing you in time and money. At The Family Law Place, our attorneys understand that the less time we spend arguing your case in court, the less money you will spend and the quicker the process will be. If you and your spouse meet the requirements for a simplified dissolution our attorneys will ensure the process goes smoothly, saving you time, money and aggravation in the long run.
The attorneys at The Law Place will assist you and your spouse in obtaining your goal of an uncomplicated, less expensive divorce. We will prepare your initial Petition for Simplified Dissolution of Marriage, the Marital Settlement Agreement for Simplified Dissolution of Marriage, the Final Judgment of Simplified Dissolution of Marriage, the financial affidavits when required and any other documents your divorce requires. In some cases your divorce may even be finalized within 30-60 days from the time you and your spouse reach a mutually acceptable agreement.