In order to file for divorce in the state of Florida, you need to be aware of all related documents and processes. Whether or not the divorcing couple has dependent or minor children together they are required to file a petition for dissolution of marriage in order to start the divorce process. The spouse filing for divorce is known as the petitioner, and the other spouse is the respondent.

The couple must also file documents including a UCCJEA Affidavit, a Child Support Guidelines Worksheet, and a Parenting Plan, and must get them approved before the divorce can be finalized. Divorcing parties with minor children or a paternity action involving issues of parental responsibility are also required to complete a parenting course before the court can render a final judgment.

It is often the case that parties are unable to agree or make a decision on what is best for the children by themselves. If you find yourself in such a situation, you should contact a Fort Lauderdale child custody attorney for an initial consultation to discuss your case and determine your legal rights.