Getting a Divorce in Florida? Free Information Resources
If money is an issue, you may fear that you'll be unable to get a divorce. Getting a Florida divorce for free isn't easy, or recommended, but it is possible. You may also choose to purchase unbundled legal help, which is where a lawyer provides limited legal support, rather than handling your entire case.
If you can prove that you have little to no assets or income, the court may order your spouse to pay the legal fees so that both you and your spouse have equal access to legal help. If you can't afford a lawyer, or if you are doing some of the legal work on your own, these free resources for Florida residents may help.
Lawyers.com Free Florida Divorce Forms
Lawyer.com's online do-it-yourself forms will help you organize the personal and financial information you will need when preparing to meet an attorney or go before a judge to discuss your Florida divorce. The web site will lead you through a series of questions to help you complete the form.
The Florida Bar's Divorce in Florida pamphlet, from the state's association of lawyers, explains how the divorce process works, including information about how to choose a lawyer. Your local court clerk can provide you with the association's Family Law Handbook, created by the Family Law Section.
The Florida court system has a self-help section with Florida divorce forms for petitioning for divorce, financial affidavit forms and consent to limited appearance by attorney forms. You can also use the site to help you find a self-help center you can visit in person.
The Florida Academy of Professional Mediators
The Florida Academy of Professional Mediators can help you find a professional mediator, which the court may require if you have children under the age of 18 or cannot come to an agreement about the dividing of your property.
Florida Law Help
Florida Law Help can help you find legal aid organizations in your community. The site also has contact information for courthouses and court clerks for many of Florida's courts. It is affiliated with ProBonoNet and Florida Legal Services, two organizations that help Florida residents find free or low-cost legal resources.
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