Per CNN and MSNBC the onset of online divorces are on the rise. It’s a phenomenon that just a few years ago seemed unlikely. In the past, individuals wishing to get a divorce thought their only choices were to either hire an attorney or go to court and get a pack of forms. Since hiring an attorney is expensive and most divorces do not require litigation, discovery, motions, etc.; many people are choosing to file for divorce on their own in increasing numbers.
On September 9, 2012 the Herald-Tribune, a newspaper from the Sarasota, FL area, published an article where they reported that in more than half of the divorces being filed were filed by people representing themselves, whether they could afford a divorce attorney or not. This created a new thriving market in the online world where companies (some with attorneys some without) started offering online divorces.
The word “online divorce” for most people represents doing nothing more than signing a few pieces of paper and outsourcing the task of filing the case at the courthouse and taking care of the final hearing.
But the truth is that most of these companies offering a “Florida Online Divorce” only offer the forms and typing. The pro-se divorce filers are then responsible for figuring out what to do, where to file, how to handle court inquiries, etc.
The new age of companies offering Florida online divorces offer much more than just typing, they are actually allowing people to outsource their divorce to them. These innovators figured out that there are courthouses in the State of Florida that do not require a final hearing, the judge only requires a sworn notarized statement along with the rest of the divorce documents which can be submitted to the court on behalf of their client. What this means is that individuals living anywhere in Florida can get a non-contested divorce without EVER stepping in the courthouse.
“This process has revolutionized our business”, says Yamil Rivera Fuentes, owner of Apex Legal Document Preparation Services, a Florida based legal document preparation business, and a member of the Florida Association of Legal Document Preparers. “Being able to take care of our client’s divorces from beginning to end without them ever stepping on a courthouse it’s something that we could only dream of just a year ago. Now we can help those that can’t take time off from work, are bed ridden, or need a super quick divorce since these divorces typically take between 30-45 days. We can also help anyone as long as they live in the State of Florida, allowing us to have a much farther reach than ever.” Per Ms. Rivera her company prepares approximately 30 divorce cases a month and 90% of them are done using this online Florida divorce process.
There is no question; individuals seeking for divorce in Florida have many options available to them and with the rise of the internet as a resource for information finding the right type of assistance with their divorce is only a matter of a few keystrokes. The only question is how involved they want to be with the process and how much of the divorce process they want to do themselves.