Over the course of the last few weeks, thousands of young people throughout Florida have made the proud walk across the stage to accept their college diploma, a moment that not only personifies all of their hard work, but which also signals their unofficial passage into the next stage of adulthood.
Indeed, over the next few years, these young people, affectionately referred to as millennials in the popular press, will be confronted with a host of very important life questions. Should I go to graduate school? Should I take a job in a new city? Should I move in with a significant other? Should I get married?
While previous generations of young people have had to answer these very same questions, the answers provided by millennials have been decidedly different.
For example, a recent study by the Pew Research Center has found that the number of millennials between the ages of 18 to 29 deciding to walk down the aisle sits at roughly 20 percent, a considerable decline from 1960, when over half of people in this age group were married.
As noteworthy as this overall decline in marriage has been among millennials is, it can’t be overlooked that nearly one out of every five are still taking the plunge.
As much as we might like to believe that many of these young marriages will stand the test of time, this is not the case more often than not.
However, it’s important for these young couples, many of whom are still on good terms, to understand that they have viable divorce options here in Florida, including what is known as simplified dissolution of marriage.
What is simplified dissolution of marriage?
Simplified dissolution of marriage is essentially an uncontested divorce, meaning there are no adversarial hearings. Rather, all that’s required is the completion and filing of various forms, and a single appearance before a judge.
Who qualifies for simplified dissolution of marriage?
Florida law provides that divorcing couples who meet all of the following requirements are eligible for a simplified dissolution of marriage:
- The spouses both agree to simplified dissolution of marriage and at least one has lived in Florida for a minimum of six months
- The spouses are not expecting, have no minor or dependent children, and have no adopted children
- The spouses are not seeking alimony from one another
- The spouses have reached an agreement on all property division issues
- The spouses agree that the marriage is irretrievably broken
What are some of the advantages of simplified dissolution of marriage?
A simplified dissolution of marriage will help ensure that the couple remains on good speaking terms and, perhaps more significantly, save them time and money. In addition, young couples can be assured that their limited yet hard-earned assets remain their own.
Is it necessary to hire an attorney to proceed with a simplified dissolution of marriage?
While it’s technically possible for a couple to proceed with a simplified dissolution of marriage on their own, experts indicate that the services of an attorney can prove invaluable, as it will help ensure that the all of the necessary forms are filled out and filed correctly.
Indeed, this investment can provide divorcing young people with peace of mind in knowing that the matter is resolved and they can move on with their lives.
Millennials who believe that a simplified dissolution of marriage is the right answer, but have questions about how the process works should strongly consider sitting down with a skilled legal professional.
In fact, those millennials who believe that this is not the best route, perhaps owing to property division concerns, should still consider taking this step, as a legal professional can help them explore their other options relating to divorce.