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Dissolution of Marriage (Divorce)

Dissolution of Marriage

Dissolution of Marriage (Divorce):

As in all matters involving the law, if you don’t feel fully comfortable or qualified to represent yourself, you may want to consider consulting with an attorney.  If you decide to represent yourself, you may obtain forms by accessing the Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Forms and Pro Se Dissolution of Marriage forms by clicking the links below.

Family Law Forms

Forms for Pro Se Dissolution of Marriage in Seminole County

Below you will find the different types of Dissolutions.  Based upon the requirement, choose the forms which best fits your case.

Simplified Dissolution of Marriage

All of the following must be true to file for a simplified dissolution of marriage:

  • You and/or your spouse must have lived in Florida for at least 6 months before filing for a dissolution in Florida.
  • You and your spouse agree that the marriage cannot be saved.
  • You and your spouse have no minor or dependent child together and the wife is not now pregnant.
  • You and your spouse have worked out how the two of you will divide the things that you both own (your assets) and who will pay what part of the money you both owe (your liabilities) and you are both satisfied with this division.
  • You are not seeking support (alimony) from your spouse and vice versa.
  • Neither you nor your spouse wish to have any financial information other than that provided in the financial affidavits.
  • You are willing to give up your right to trial and appeal.
  • You and your spouse are both willing to go into the Clerk’s Office to sign the petition (not necessarily together)
  • You and your spouse are both willing to go to the final hearing (at the same time).
With dependent or minor children

Requirements:

  • You and/or your spouse must have lived in Florida for at least 6 months before filing for a dissolution in Florida.
  • You and your spouse have a dependent or minor child(ren) together or the wife is pregnant.
 
With property but no dependent or minor children

Requirements:

If you and your spouse agree on all issues and both can attend the Hearing, you may want to file a petition for simplified dissolution of Marriage.  However, you may only file this form if all of the following are true:

  • You and/or your spouse must have lived in Florida for at least 6 months before filing for a dissolution in Florida.
  • Husband and wife filing for dissolution of marriage, have marital assets and/or liabilities but do not have dependents, nor is the wife now pregnant.

Also, you cannot file for a simplified dissolution of Marriage and may use this form if any of the following are true:

  • You disagree about property, debts, or other matters and wish to have a judge settle them for you.
  • Either you or your spouse is seeking support (alimony).
  • You would like to ask questions and get documents concerning your spouse’s income.
  • You would like to reserve your rights to have any matters reconsidered or appeal to the judge’s decision.
With no property but no dependent or minor children

If you and your spouse agree on all issues and can both attend the Hearing, you may want to file a petition for simplified dissolution of Marriage.  However, you may only file this form if all of the following are true:

  • You and/or your spouse must have lived in Florida for at least 6 months before filing for a dissolution in Florida.
  • Neither of you have marital assets, marital liabilities, or dependent children, nor is the wife now pregnant.
  • Neither you nor your spouse is seeking support (alimony).

The filing fee for a Dissolution of Marriage is $408.00 plus $10.00 per summons issued.  Fees may be paid by cash, check or credit card. There is an additional 3.5% transaction fee on all credit card transactions.

Filing a Case

The most convenient way to file a civil case is by using the Florida Courts e-Filing Portal at MyFlCourtAccess.com

For self-represented parties, civil cases may also be filed at the following Clerk’s Office locations:

Seminole County Courthouse
301 N. Park Avenue
Sanford, Florida, 32771-1243

East Branch Office
376 Wilshire Boulevard
Wilshire Plaza, Casselberry, Florida 32707

West Branch Office
990 North S.R. 434 #1124
Shoppes at Brantley Hall, Altamonte Springs, Florida 32714

Filing By Mail

Clerk of Court & Comptroller
P.O. Box 8099
Sanford, FL 32772

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