How does this all work?

The Florida Simple Divorce Process


Choose your divorce option

Fill out your information

Review, sign and return to me. Sit back, relax and I take care of the rest.

Choose Your Divorce Option


If you have any remaining chance to save your marriage, I encourage you to exit this website and make every effort. If you are confident you have done so and are solid in your decision to proceed I will be happy to help. There are four different divorce options. Some more general information about divorce.

Option 1: Document Preparation Service

If money is a concern and you don’t mind doing some of the legwork, this option might be the choice for you. I will be drafting all your documents the same as the other options but I will not be representing you as your attorney. You will be responsible for seeing that the documents get properly filed, and a hearing set for the final judgment to be signed. You will most likely be required to attend a final hearing if you use this option. I will be providing you with completely drafted documents that are ready to file in the County of your choosing. You will receive everything you need and nothing you don’t. I give you an instruction sheet advising you step by step what to do in the process to assist you in moving through the system.

Option 2: No Children, Debts or Property

If you have no joint real or personal property or joint debts to divide and you have no minor children together then this is the option for you. This is by far the easiest, least expensive and fastest option.

Option 3: No Children But Debts or Property

If there are no minor children born of the marriage but you do have some assets/property or debts to divide then this will be the option for you.

Option 4: With Children

If your divorce involves any children born during the marriage that are still under the age of 18 you will select this option.

Fill out your information

Filling out all information as accurately as possible will assist in processing your case and keep you costs down. Then you submit your information to me and make your payment.

The filing fee can be paid online or by check payable to Philip Darnell in the amount of $421.00. If you decide to pay online, the fee for filing will be $432. This is because of the fees the credit card company charges me to accept online payments. There are no hidden costs or fees. The only time there would be additional fees is if both parties decide they want changes made to the documents.

I draft your documents and email them back to you for you to review, print and sign. You will then have your spouse review and sign. After the documents are signed you will return them to me and I will see that they are filed and finalized. Please note that I do not file the action until I have received all the documents back and signed by both parties. I do that because people sometimes change their mind and decide to stay together or they change their mind and decide there are issues they want to contest. In either case I save you the filing fee of $408 by making sure everyone is in agreement before we proceed.

Review and Sign

Couples can be divorce in approximately 30 days assuming all parties sign the documents drafted for them and return them to my office promptly. The court will not look at a divorce file until at least (20) twenty days have past since it is filled with the clerk of courts. There are no hearings for you to attend. After all the paperwork is signed and sent to me, my office takes care of the rest until the divorce is finalized. Sometimes persons with children who have attended the “CHILD FIRST” class will need more time due to scheduling conflicts. My office will file papers when they are completed and returned to me. As a general rule of thumb the divorce will be completed in thirty days of filing.

My personal goal is to have you paperwork completed and in the mail to you within 48 hours of receiving your request. I will do everything I can to complete this process as quickly and painlessly as possible. Usually the judges will sign off on the final judgement within 2 or 3 days of receiving it.