As the State of Florida begins to relax COVID-19 restrictions, more and more businesses and government agencies are allowing more services to become available to the public. Unfortunately, family courts are still limiting the types of cases they are accepting which means those who are seeking a divorce might have to wait a little longer before they can officially start the process. In the meantime, if you are certain you want to file for divorce in Pinellas County, FL, you can get a head start on the process—and a divorce lawyer in St. Petersburg, FL can help you.
Identifying the Type of Divorce You Are Filing For
The first step in the divorce process is identifying what type of divorce you are filing for. Is it a simplified divorce or a general divorce? To help you decide, we have outlined for you below the criteria for each type of divorce.
It may be appropriate for you to file for a simplified divorce if:
- You or your spouse have been a resident of Florida for at least the past six months.
- You both are willing and able to appear at the Clerk of the Court’s office together to file the divorce forms and to attend the final hearing.
- You have no children together and neither party is pregnant.
- You and your spouse have come to an agreement on the division of property, assets, and debts.
A party would file for a general divorce when:
- Either party has been a resident of Florida for at least the past six months.
- Your spouse either lives outside the State of Florida or you are unaware of their whereabouts.
- The two of you have a minor child together.
- You and your spouse are unable to agree on one or more issues, such as how your property, assets, and/or debts are going process to be divided.
- Either party is seeking alimony.
Do I need to hire a St. Petersburg, FL divorce lawyer to start the divorce process?
Although the courts do not require that you hire a St. Petersburg, FL divorce attorney to file for divorce, it is recommended that you retain one as they can help you gather and prepare the documents that relate to your specific situation. Divorce lawyers such as those at The Law Offices of Yeazell and Sweet can also help you understand what your legal rights are in the matter. Remember, deputy clerks will only provide you with limited information and will not give you any advice regarding your rights and obligations so you will want to have a lawyer working by your side for the duration of the divorce process.
The Law Offices of Yeazell and Sweet has an office located at:
855 Central Avenue, Suite 1005
St. Petersburg, FL 33701