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What is your process for gathering information on a divorce order?

by JC
(Jacksonville, FL)

Hi All,

I am working on the process we will use for gathering information from the petitioner and respondent, specifically for simplified dissolution of marriage in FL.

I wanted to get some of your thoughts and ideas about how you would or do collect this information.

What process do you find the easiest for gathering the respondent's information for the documents? My current thoughts are to gather the basic information from the petitioner in an online questionnaire and then contacting them via telephone to gather the rest of the information.

However, I think it is a good idea to allow both parties to go ahead and enter all the info required in the online questionnaire at the start if they are able and willing at that time.

The information for the simplified marital agreement and affidavits is specifically what I am thinking of.

So what are your thoughts?

TIA,
JC

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Apr 02, 2015
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by: Ruth

JC,
First let me say that I rarely do simplified dissolutions because they seem more complicated to me than a regular dissolution no children no property. Both parties must appear at the hearing, and that is not always the easiest thing to be sure of. And, technically, the clerks are supposed to help pro se litigants with the simplified process. I generally assist only one party. And if the party I'm assisting believes that they are in complete agreement and the other party may not want to appear at the court hearing, then I include an Answer and Waiver of Appearance.

I generally do intake over the phone. I don't post a questionnaire on my own site at all. On this site there is an automated docs page for dissolution with no children, no property. I sometimes refer people to the AutoDocs page if they fit the limited criteria posted on that page; and are also indigent.

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