No More Kissimmee? Your Guide to the Osceola County Divorce Process
Osceola County follows Florida guidelines on every aspect of filing for divorce, and you must follow the process exactly to ensure your divorce hits no speed bumps.
DoNotPay has all the info you need to keep your Osceola County divorce on the right track from start to finish.
The most important consideration when you file for divorce is your eligibility—get this wrong, and your case will be thrown out of court.
To be allowed to file for divorce in any county in Florida, you must have lived in the state for the last six months. You should file in the county where either you or your spouse lives.
The types of divorce available to you in Osceola County are:
- Simplified dissolution of marriage
- Regular dissolution
Under certain circumstances, you can file for a fast-track, simplified divorce in Osceola County. The criteria you must fulfill are:
- You have no minor children, and neither spouse is pregnant
- Alimony is not being requested by either spouse
- A settlement agreement is in place dividing all the joint assets and liabilities
- You and your spouse agree to waive your right to trial and appeal
If you don’t fulfill the requirements for a simplified process—if you have kids, as an example—you need to file for a regular dissolution.
Regular divorce proceedings can still be relatively easy if you and your spouse can agree on a friendly divorce and work towards an out-of-court settlement. In such cases, the judge will review your paperwork at an initial hearing and grant your uncontested divorce without further ado.
If you can’t reach an agreement before your first hearing, your case will go to trial.
The steps to getting your divorce in Osceola County are as follows:
|Divorce Process Steps||Explanation|
|Filing divorce papers||Your first step is to file the correct divorce papers with the county court. Your papers will include a:
Your initial filing asks the court to dissolve your marriage, lists your joint assets, debts, real estate, and children, and sets out your expectations for a settlement. You don’t need your spouse to file with you—it is sufficient for you to file on your own and have the papers served.
You will have to pay the Florida filing fee of around $400
|Serving the papers||You have to make sure your spouse has a copy of your filing by having the papers officially served through a deputy sheriff or private process server|
|Reaching a settlement agreement||Your spouse has 20 days to respond to your divorce filing after service—this is the perfect time to negotiate and finalize a settlement agreement|
If your paperwork is in order and your spouse responds within the correct timeframe, your divorce could be finalized in around five weeks.
The make-or-break document in securing an uncontested divorce in Osceola County is your settlement agreement.
A settlement agreement is a legal document that sets out how every aspect of your married life should be split between you and your spouse after your divorce, including:
- Child support and shared parenting arrangements
- Alimony or spousal maintenance payments
- Your joint property and liabilities
Negotiating your settlement agreement depends on how much you and your spouse are willing to cooperate. In many cases, divorcing couples can agree on a settlement without any outside help, but if you need support, the resources available are:
The traditional route is for both spouses to hire attorneys to negotiate on their behalf. This is also the most expensive option—Florida attorneys charge anything between $175 and $500 per hour and usually require a substantial upfront retainer. Your total bill could easily exceed $5,000 per spouse, and you should ask yourself whether the costs are necessary.
Once you have agreed on the terms of your settlement, you need to have your agreement drawn up.
You can use lawyers to do this, but you should be prepared for hefty fees. An alternative is to download a template from an online divorce service and fill it out yourself—the risk, though, is that your document won’t cover your specific needs and may be rejected as inadequate by the judge.
This is where DoNotPay can come to the rescue—we can create a bespoke settlement agreement for you that ticks all the boxes and doesn’t cost a cent in lawyers’ fees!
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- Subscribe to DoNotPay in your web browser
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