Just 5 years ago this would sound totally impossible.
The court system in Florida and beyond have always been famous for being technologically behind.
And while there are still issues with the family court system this year Florida has made great strides into embracing a more technologically advanced way of doing business.
Starting in April 2013 attorneys have to file their cases online instead of paper. While they still need to obtain original signatures they are not required to submit originals to the court at the time of opening their cases.
For some time now, a few counties in the State of Florida allow divorces in mutual agreement without the parties ever stepping at the courthouse. In 30-45 days the parties receive their final judgement in the mail, no fuss no pain and definitely a shorter wait.
Savvy non-attorneys (legal document assistants) for a few years have known about the no-court divorces and have successfully built a niche for themselves by marketing this speedy divorce process and offering it to their clients.
Their customers benefit by saving on attorney legal fees and by getting a divorce in much less time and effort than if they did it themselves at the courthouse.
Clients can choose to go to the office of the legal document assistant (LDA) or can receive the completed forms by email.
The client can print the forms and sign them in front of the notary of their choice. The forms then need to be shipped back to the LDA who will submit them to the court and within 30-45 days the customers receive their divorce decree in the mail directly from the judge.
This is a huge difference from previous years where getting a divorce meant taking time off from work and spending loads of money on attorneys.
It's 2013 and it makes sense to embrace the new advances in courtroom technology and the courts in the State of Florida are doing just that. Big kudos for technological advancement in the family court system!