A Dissolution of Marriage (Divorce) is an action to terminate the contract of marriage. Jurisdiction lies in the Family Law Division. These matters are governed by the laws of the State of Florida (Florida Statutes) and the Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure. In addition to dissolving the marriage contract, the court may determine the division of property and responsibility for debts and the care and custody of children. In general, parties wishing to obtain a divorce should contact their attorney.
If a couple decides to get a divorce, the Supreme Court of Florida and Florida Family Law have created general information packets regarding divorces for your reference and use. These packets are for couples who wish to represent themselves in their divorce proceedings. As in all matters involving the law, if you do not feel fully comfortable or qualified to represent yourself, you may want to consider obtaining the services of a competent lawyer. In order to file for divorce in Florida, one party must be a Florida resident for at least six (6) months prior to the date the divorce petition is filed.
Self-Help Family Law Forms
Self-help forms are available for those who wish to represent themselves in the following family law proceedings. These forms are available for purchase in the Courthouse first floor in Room 110, from the Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure website, or turbocourt.com.
- Petition for Simplified Dissolution of Marriage
- Petition for Dissolution of Marriage with No Dependent or Minor Children Or Property
- Petition for Dissolution of Marriage with Property but No Dependent or Minor Children
- Petition for Dissolution of Marriage with Dependent or Minor Children
All parties in cases involving children are required to take a parenting course approved by DCF. https://www.myflfamilies.com/service-programs/child-welfare/stabilization/