Just how long does it take to get a Florida divorce when you represent yourself? It's a question that people ask me often. There is no way to really answer the question without more information, so I thought I'd list some of the common situations that can slow your divorce case down.
- Missing spouse - If you can't find your spouse to serve the papers on him/her, you'll have to publish an ad in the newspaper for 4 weeks.
- Missing documents - Until all the required documents are filed with the court, you cannot have a final hearing.
- Mistakes in your documents - Even at the final hearing, if the judge finds mistakes in your paperwork your case will be delayed
- Incomplete information about your financial situation - As part of the required financial affidavits and mandatory financial disclosure, you must value your assets and your debts.
These are just some of the common reasons your Florida do-it-yourself divorce can be delayed. There are many other reasons for delay, including the budget cuts the courts have suffered over the past few years. With fewer staff to review the paperwork, it just takes longer to get a final hearing.
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Don't worry, the DIY Divorce in Florida Crash Course is a home study course so you won't have to worry about scheduling something else. And for a limited time you will also receive a copy of Mom's House, Dad's House, a great co-parenting manual for divorced parents.
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