In Florida, in addition to the actual petition for dissolution of marriage (divorce), you must file the following:
- A copy of the summons served on the other party. (Florida Statutes Title VI, Chapter 61, Section 61.043)
- An anonymous informational questionnaire to be supplied to researchers at the Florida State University Center for Marriage and Family. (Florida Statutes Title VI, Chapter 61, Section 61.043)
- Financial Affidavit, Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure Form 12.902(b) or (c). (Each person must complete a separate financial affidavit.)
- Notice of Social Security Number, Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.902(j). (Each spouse must complete a separate notice.)
- Proof of residency in Florida for more than 6 months before filing the petition for dissolution of marriage.
- Marital Settlement Agreement (either Form 12.902(f)(3) if you don't have children or Form 12.902(f)(1) if you do have children.
If you have children, you must also file the following with your divorce petition:
- Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA) Affidavit, Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.902(d).
- Child Support Guidelines Worksheet, Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure Form 12.902(e), if you are asking that child support be ordered in the final judgment. (If you do not know your spouse’s income, you may file this worksheet after his or her financial affidavit has been served on you.)
- Parenting Plan, Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.995(a)or Supervised/Safety Focused Parenting Plan, Form 12.995(b) If the parents have reached an agreement, a signed and notarized Parenting Plan should be attached. If the parents have not reached an agreement, a proposed Parenting Plan may be filed.
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