Florida Statutes govern many aspects of divorce proceedings, and must be followed, even in uncontested matters. In simplified divorces, the Statutes require both parties to be present in court. This differs from other divorces (that are not labeled “simplified”), which do not require all parties to attend the final hearing.
One of the reasons for requiring everyone to be present at simplified divorce hearings is to make the proceedings, as the name describes, simple for all parties. By requiring all parties to attend the divorce hearing, the judge or magistrate is able to make sure that everyone is satisfied, understands the process, and affirms the divorce. This is much easier for everyone to get out of the way at one time, together, instead of taking up more of the judge’s time and docket by trying to coordinate separate hearings.
In a simplified divorce, both parties file jointly, both parties agree to the divorce, and so too must both show in court. Even though there isn’t anything to argue about or present to the judge in this kind of divorce matter, it is important that the judge see both parties in court to confirm that there are no issues so the divorce can be finalized.
If you are thinking about a simplified divorce, you should first consult with an experienced family law attorney to ensure that this is the right route for you. An attorney who regularly handles family law matters will be able to analyze your case and make sure your best interests are being achieved.
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