In Florida, do I need to go to court to settle my divorce?

This question is twofold: will you need to go to court during the divorce process and does the judge have to settle the divorce case. For the first part, yes you will likely need to go to court at some point in time. If it is a simplified dissolution of marriage or a contested divorce proceeding then both parties must be present at the final hearing. If it is an uncontested divorce the petitioner must be present at the final hearing. For the second part, no the judge does not have to settle the issues of your case. If the couple can agree on how to deal with the issues of their case on their own or they have come to an agreement through mediation then the judge need only sign the final judgment. However, if the couple cannot agree on the issues then a judge will hear the case at trial and decide the issues at hand.Consultations are available in Miami and at several meeting locations throughout Dade and Broward Counties including Lincoln Road in Miami Beach, West Country Club Drive in Aventura, Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood and in the Homestead area. Appointments are also available by telephone and via Skype internet video chat. Telephone our office at (305) 222-7351 or send us an email to schedule a consultation.

When scheduling a consultation, please inform the secretary if there are any pending hearings, deadlines for filing an appeal, or other reason why you may need an immediate appointment. We will do our very best to accommodate your schedule in setting an appointment.


The statements in this section are based on Florida law and have been issued to inform and not advise. The statements are general in nature and individual facts in a given case may alter their application or involve other laws not referred to here.

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