Is it possible to have somebody ( nonlawyer ) to file the paperwork needed before the court for dissolution of marriage? I read that the petitioner and respondent to sign paperwork in person before the clerk of court ( correct me if I am wrong ) - will it be possible for the couple to just sign the paperwork and have someone file it for their behalf? Can anybody here give me idea of the forms which is needed to be filed at the court and what are the requirements that the court requires to be able to file for the dissolution of marriage?
If you are doing a simplified dissolution or a uncontested dissolution, you can file without an attorney. You might consider using a paralegal to draft the documents, but the paralegal can NOT give you or your spouse any legal advice. In some counties, the clerks of court will provide the forms and assist you in filling them out. Some counties have special assistance for "pro se" parties. Check with the clerk of court in your county. Of course, it is always best to seek the advice of counsel, even on a consultation basis, to be certain that you are aware of all your rights in the divorce.
Here is a great place to start:
it's the self help center for Palm Beach County. It has all the forms you'll need and will answer a lot of your questions. Go through this and if you have questions you can come back her or find a local attorney.
Best wishes, Stephanie (813) 667-0434 Ms. Bolton is licensed to practice law in Florida. She practices in the areas of construction and insurance. The response herein is not legal advice and does not create an attorney/client relationship. The response is in the form of legal education and is intended to provide general information about the matter within the question. Oftentimes the question does not include significant and important facts and timelines that, if known, could significantly change the reply and make it unsuitable. Ms. Bolton strongly advises the questioner to confer with an attorney in your state in order to insure proper advice is received.
Also try this website: http://www.flcourts.org/gen_public/family/forms_rules/index.shtml.
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