Information and Document Checklist for Getting a Divorce in Florida

The following is a hands-on guide on what you and your spouse need to complete the legal forms required to file for divorce in Florida. Don’t be overwhelmed by other divorce checklists that you may come across during your internet investigation. If you and your spouse generally agree with the elements of the divorce settlement, such as visiting children and the distribution of assets and liabilities, divorce proceedings may not be necessary and you may not want to hire lawyers.

Instead, you can hire a non-lawyer, such as a licensed family mediator, to help you identify and fill out the court forms. If that is the case and there are no other complicated circumstances (such as splitting a retirement account), the following list identifies the twenty documents and information required for the non-attorney you select to help you complete the court prepares and prepares you for the divorce petition.

1. Proof of residence. You or your spouse must provide proof that one of you has lived in Florida for at least six months. The stay can be proven with a valid Florida driver’s license, Florida ID or voter registration card. The date of issue of the document must be at least six months before the date on which the case is lodged with the registrar of the circle;

2. Full and formal names of each spouse;

3. Full residential address of where each spouse lives;

4. E-mail address of each spouse;

5. Phone number of each spouse;

6. Employer name, address and telephone number for each spouse;

7. Date of birth of each spouse;

8. Citizen Service Number of each spouse;

9. Date of marriage;

10. If separated, date of separation;

11. The full and formal name of each minor child;

12. The date of birth of each minor child;

13. social security number of every minor child;

14. Annual total compensation of each spouse (eg salary, bonus, tips, etc.);

15. Gross pay per pay period and pay period (eg Weekly, every other week, monthly);

16. A pay slip from each spouse will be very helpful in completing the forms for financial affidavits. The pay slip indicates types and amounts of deductions from gross wages (eg income tax, Medicare, insurance, employer loans, union rights, etc.);

17. Tax return status (eg probably married) and number of dependents claimed by each spouse. Your employer or his payroll administration has this information. Knowing filing status and the number of persons to be claimed after the divorce will result in more accurate financial statements;

18. List of current monthly expenses that each spouse expects individually after the divorce, including credit card and loan payments, food, gasoline, car maintenance, and child costs (eg, day care, clothing, lunch fees, and health and dental insurance) ;

19. A list of assets, such as cars, clothing, jewelry, furniture, cash, televisions, retirement accounts (name of accounts and account numbers), bank accounts (bank name, name on accounts and account numbers). Walk through your house and make a list. Estimate the value of each asset and be realistic. Identify any assets that you think belong only to you and that should not be distributed (eg, non-marriage assets). As stated in the financial swearing court form, you typically only list an asset as non-marital if it was owned by one spouse before marriage. Section 61,075 (1) of the Florida Statutes defines marriage and non-marriage assets.

20. A list of obligations, such as credit card balances, car loans, mortgages, employer loans, etc. Be specific and identify the names and account numbers of lenders. Identify any obligations that you think belong only to you and that should not be shared (eg, Non-Civil Liability).

Source by Michael Zizza