I bought the package, what’s next?
Based on some early feedback we discovered that it was too much to download all at once, so we thoughtfully divided the download of documents into 2 parts – A & B.
Part A will require a longer investment of time. You must read through the Settlement Agreement &/or Parenting Plan and make it your own.
You will need to have your finances in order to complete the required Financial Affidavit provided to you.
For divorce customers, we provide you a tool to help you with the division of marital assets and debts that we call the Equitable Distribution Chart. If you have children’s issues, you will also receive a UCCJEA (Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Enforcement Act).
Complete these forms and upload them to your customer portal along with the Credit Card Authorization Form used only for your filing fee and a copy of your Florida Driver’s License
(NOTE: Your Florida Driver’s License must show residency for 6 months prior to the filing of your petition).
We made Part B as easy for you as can be!
Upon uploading your documents from Part A, you will be asked some basic identification questions which automatically fill out the rest of the forms.
All you have to do is click on each form and electronically sign them!
What happens after I electronically signed all the forms?
We use the credit card information you provided to us to file your case in the proper court depending on where you live and submit the Final Judgment (of divorce or paternity) with the copy of your Florida Driver’s License (used to prove residency) to the court to finalize your case!
What is the Settlement Agreement?
If you are married, you need a Marital Settlement Agreement.
If you are not married but have at least one child, you need a Parenting Plan Settlement Agreement.
If you are married and have children, you need both.
The draft settlement agreement we provide you has been curated and improved upon over many years. It contains what is commonly referred to as “boilerplate” suggested language used by our lawyers in their current ongoing, expensive litigation cases.
There are FIVE special sections that require your specific facts and agreements.
We recommend a consultation with a lawyer if you have any legal questions, comments, or concerns.
What is a Parenting Plan?
A parenting plan is a document that governs the relationship between the parents and the children’s issues.
You must decide if you will share parental responsibility or if one party will have sole parental over any or all of the major categories: medical, religious, educational.
You must decide the school year schedule, the summer schedule, and the major holiday schedule.
You must decide how much child support you will pay, pursuant to the child support guidelines worksheet (more on child support later).
You must decide how uncovered medical expenses will be paid and the extra-curricular activities.
You must decide how you feel about domestic and international travel.
Though not exhaustive, we included a variety of topics for you to discuss.
There may be issues specific to your family, like special needs children that require you to fill into the agreement. This is your family, your agreement.
What do we do about alimony?
Some people need financial assistance when they get out of their marriage. We suspect that most of our customers will neither be paying alimony or receiving it, but we left suggestive language for both instances. Delete the one that does not serve you and edit the language that applies to your specific circumstances.
How do I know how much child support I have to pay or will receive?
Child Support is based on the parties’ income, all income, including bonuses and overtime.
There are numerous free child support calculators online. We have no relationship with, nor endorse any provider, but we like: https://my.familylawsoftware.com/freechildsupport/
Note: When you have your child support guideline sheet, please upload it to your account for us so we can file it with the court for you!!
What about Mandatory Disclosure?
It is your right to complete mandatory disclosures. This is the process wherein you exchange bank statements, tax returns, credit card statements, etc. You’ll find the list in Florida Family Law Rules Rule 12.285. We give you the option of Waiving Mandatory Disclosure and include the form for that purpose, but you do not have to use it. You cannot waive Financial Affidavits if there are children or any support being paid by either party. Please consult an attorney if you have additional questions on mandatory disclosure.
What is a Final Judgment?
A Final Judgment is the document signed only by the Judge that grants your request to dissolve your marriage legally. We provide you with a copy of it so you can review. Unless you write to us for changes, we will assume that you approve the form and content and will send that to the court.
When am I actually divorced?
You are officially divorced once the judge has signed that piece of paper.
You will receive a draft Final Judgment of Dissolution of Marriage and Other Relief with your forms. You do not need to sign this form, only the judge signs final judgments! We send it to you for your review. Unless you write to us for changes, we will assume that you approve the form and content and will send that to the court for you to get you divorced.