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Uncontested Florida Divorce

No Kids Got Agreement with Spouse ?

An uncontested Florida Divorce is simple and does not need to cost a lot of money. Divide your property and debt and let us know whether you or your spouse will pay spousal support (alimony). Give us the details and we will prepare all  required legal documents for you and your spouse to sign. Your case will be filed in the county where you reside and set for a short (about 2 minutes) final hearing about 30 days later. You can choose our NO HEARING** option and everything is done electronically. You will not need to attend the short final hearing.


ONE of you must be a Florida resident for at least 6 months prior to the filing of your  case. Residency is proven by filing a copy of your valid Florida license or voter’s registration. If you or your spouse does not have either, Florida divorce lawyers can prepare and file an affidavit from a witness who knows that you or spouse has been a Florida resident  for more than 6 months.

Got Children? Here’s what you need to know?


Florida divorce law really doesn’t use that term anymore. Instead we talk in terms of parental responsibility and a parenting plan. You must tell the court who will be responsible for the children (usually shared parental responsibility unless there is a compelling reason to do otherwise), when they will spend time with each parent and other details regarding costs for extracurricular activities, health and dental insurance and travel expenses. The court is most concerned with your children and their best interests.

Child Support

The Florida legislature devised a complicated formula to calculate child support that must be done in every case.  Steven D. Miller, Esq. will prepare the Florida Child Support Guidelines Worksheet which must be filed in every case. The Steven D. Miller, Esq. child support calculator computes child support in accordance with the child support calculator Florida formula. In all likelihood it will be reviewed by the judge or case manager assigned to your case to make sure it matches up with the financial affidavits and parenting plan filed.



Contested Florida Divorce

No agreement? The process begins when one party files a petition for divorce and has it served on the other. Once served by the local sheriff or process server (take the documents if they knock on the door), a party has 20 days to respond. There are other rules that must be followed and Fort lauderdale divorce lawyer will guide you through the process to make it smooth and always for a fair fee.

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Post Judgment Issues (after the divorce is final)

Fort lauderdale divorce lawyer Steven D. Miller, Esq. the online law firm will represent you in any post jjudgment legal proceeding including the following:

  • Modification of Alimony, Child support, Child Custody or
  • Relocation of minor child(ren)
  • Motions for Enforcement or Contempt regarding prior court orders.

Hire Florida divorce lawyers Steven D. Miller, Esq. for one issue, one hearing or the entire case; always for a Fair Fee. Florida Resident in the Military? We can help!

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The divorce rate in Florida is more OUT OF CONTROL!  The breakdown of the family unit in Florida and all other states will be the demise of our great country.  What a shame!

If your marriage is IRRETRIEVABLY BROKEN you are entitled to get a Florida divorce – no if’s ands or buts about it.  The goal should be to get in and out the process known as Florida divorce court as quickly and cost effectively as possible. However, if you want to waste time and burn through the family fortune, believe me when I say that there are thousands of Florida lawyers ready to assist you in that endeavor.


There are two types of divorce in Florida:

  • Simplified Divorce
  • Regular Dissolution Of Marriage – Uncontested or Contested.


The simplified divorce is only for those couples who meet the following conditions or rules:

  • There are no children of the couple under 18 years of age.
  • The wife should not be pregnant.
  • One of the spouses must have lived in Florida for at least six months.
  • Both the spouses must agree on the division of property and debts.
  • Both sides agree that the marriage is irretrievably broken.
  • Both parties MUST appear at the final hearing.

This process is not as simplified as people think and I can’t remember actually filing a simplified petition.  There are other, more efficient, methods to accomplish the same thing –  FLORIDA DIVORCE – with the added bonus that neither party needs to appear in court.


A.   Uncontested

  1. Parties are in agreement on all issues – division of property and debt and child related issues, if any.
  2. One party Florida resident for at least 6 months.
  3. Both parties execute all required Florida divorce documents including, but not limited to, Florida financial affidavits.
  4. No kids = No court.
  5. Kids = we can keep you out of court but not recommended – call and ask why.

B.   Contested

  1. No agreement on ALL issues.
  2. File petition and serve spouse.
  3. 20 days to respond from date they are served with Florida divorce papers.
  4. No response = default and case set for final hearing – if no kids or property – a five minute hearing at the courthouse. If kids or property, a 15-30 minute hearing at the courthouse.
  5. If response filed – exchange financialinformation (tax returns, bank statements, etc.) and case set for settlement conference (i.e., mediation). Most cases settle here.  If so, agreement prepared and signed on the spot.  It will be filed with court and final hearing set about a week later.
  6. If no agreement at mediation case will be set for final hearing/trial in front of the judge assigned to case. This rarely happens as most cases settle at mediation, unless of course lawyer convinces you not to settle.  Remember, its your case, your life, your money – make an informed decision and do not be bullied by anyone


 All property or debt acquired during marriage is  usually marital property although there are exceptions to this and most other general rules.  You can divide it any way you wish.  If you can’t do it on your own, in all likelihood the court will make equal piles out of each and send you on your way.


Florida no longer uses the term custody although many non-lawyers still do.  We understand what you mean.  Instead, Florida uses the concept of a parenting plan and deals with 4 primary issues:

  1. Parental responsibility: Usually parents will have shared responsibility and have an equal say in major decisions – health, education, religion, etc.  Sometimes, not often, if there is a compelling reason, the court may order sole parental responsibility.  There must be a compelling reason to do so.
  2. Legal address: For school registration purposes only.
  3. Timesharing: When the child(ren) will be with each parent including, but not limited to, birthdays, holidays, Martin Luther King Day, Easter, etc. The court wants as detailed a schedule as possible to avoid future trips to the courthouse.
  4. Child Support: MUST be calculate in every case with children and is based upon (1) each parties income, (2) certain child related expenses (daycare, health insurance) and the number of nights per year that each parent has the child(ren).



Lawyer MUST listen to client’s needs and provide information so that client can make informed decision.  Lawyers job is to tell client what they NEED to know, NOT what they want to hear.  Unfortunately, many do the latter.


A competent Fort lauderdale divorce lawyer MUST know the law that includes the Florida statutes, Florida rules of family court and the case law (i.e., how appellate courts have interpreted or applied the law to certain facts).  Though every case is different, the case law gives us a very good incite into what will happen should the case go to trial.

 “People skills”

Look, the process is not pretty if you are litigating a case.  Like the song says – “You’ve got to know when to hold ‘em and know when to fold ‘em.”  Bottom line is that there are unknowns that go into handling any case including a Florida divorce case.  Make sure your lawyer possesses the requisite ability to get to the “heart of the matter’ quickly and cost effectively. If not, you will get frustrated and look for a new lawyer.  Ask question and, more importantly, make sure you understand the answers.  No legal mumbo/jumbo. Plain English is always best!