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Divorce and Dissolution of Marriage in Duval County Court, Jacksonville, Florida
A Dissolution of Marriage or divorce is a court action to end a marriage. In order to file for divorce or your dissolution of marriage you must have been a legal resident of Florida for at least 6 months. Divorces can quickly become complicated and a well trained attorney who focuses on divorce and family law will help protect the legal clients rights protected.

Filing for divorce


To begin a proceeding for divorce and dissolution of marriage, you or your spouse must deliver a petition, which is a written request to the Duval County Court for legal actions. The delivering of the petition, and any other supporting documents, to the Clerk of Courts is called filing.

Depending on specifics of an individual’s case, one may file different petitions for divorce.

Some men and women suffering the pain of divorce may decide to divorce without a lawyer. The Florida Supreme Court has approved simplified forms and directions that will assist you in processing your case.

To help a woman or man who files divorce in family courts but are not using an attorney (pro se litigants), and help speed the response of the courts to the pro se litigants, the Florida Supreme Court adopted standardized family law and divorce forms that can be used to process a family law case or divorce matter. The Florida court adopted forms are identified as Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure Forms, or Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Forms, or the Local Forms. Local Forms are approved forms by a judicial circuit Chief Judge.

Simplified Dissolution of Marriage | Simplified Divorce

A Petition for Simplified Dissolution of Marriage, to make divorce easier, may be filed if all of the following conditions are true:

  • one spouse has lived in Florida for at least six months prior to filing the petition;
  • both parties agree the marriage cannot be saved;
  • the parties have no minor or dependent children in common and the wife is not now pregnant;
  • the parties have worked out how they will divide any joint assets and/or liabilities and both parties are satisfied with the division;
  • neither party is seeking support (alimony) from the other party;
  • neither party wishes to have any financial information other than that provided in the financial affidavits;
  • both parties will go to the Clerk’s office to sign the petition (not necessarily together);
  • both parties are willing to attend the Final Hearing

The first step is filing the Petition for Simplified Dissolution of Marriage

Simplified Divorce cases requiring filing divorce with the following forms.

12.901(a): Petition for Simplified Dissolution of Marriage.
12.902(b): Family Law Financial Affidavit (Short Form), or
12.902(c): Family Law Financial Affidavit
12.902(f)(3): Marital Settlement Agreement for Simplified Dissolution of Marriage
12.902(j): Notice of Social Security Number

12.901 Forms A – B3

Clicking on the PDF or RTF Link should allow you to download the files. On a windows pc you may need to right click the link and then select “download linked file.”

  • (a) Petition for Simplified Dissolution of Marriage – 11/2012
    RTF / PDF
  • (b)(1) Petition for Dissolution of Marriage with Dependent or Minor Child(ren) – 05/2012
    RTF / PDF
  • (b)(2) Petition for Dissolution of Marriage with Property but No Dependent or Minor Child(ren) – 05/2012
    RTF / PDF
  • (b)(3) Petition for Dissolution of Marriage with No Dependent or Minor Child(ren) or Property -05/2012
    RTF / PDF

12.902 Forms B – J

  • (b) Family Law Financial Affidavit (Short Form) – 09/2012
    RTF / PDF / WEB FORM
  • (c) Family Law Financial Affidavit – 09/2012
    RTF / PDF* / WEB FORM
    *This form will be made electronically fill-able soon. Temporarily, the form can be printed out and typed into or filled in by hand. It is a fully official court form, as it stands.
  • (d) Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Affidavit – 12/2010
    RTF / PDF
  • (e) Child Support Guidelines Worksheet – 09/2012
    RTF / PDF* / WEB FORM
    *This form will be made electronically fill-able soon. Temporarily, the form can be printed out and typed into or filled in by hand. It is a fully official court form, as it stands.
  • (f)(1) Marital Settlement Agreement for Dissolution of Marriage with Dependent or Minor Child(ren) – 05/2012
    RTF / PDF*
    *This form will be made electronically fill-able soon. Temporarily, the form can be printed out and typed into or filled in by hand. It is a fully official court form, as it stands.
  • (f)(2) Marital Settlement Agreement for Dissolution of Marriage with Property but No Dependent or Minor Child(ren) – 05/2012
    RTF / PDF*
    *This form will be made electronically fill-able soon. Temporarily, the form can be printed out and typed into or filled in by hand. It is a fully official court form, as it stands.
  • (f)(3) Marital Settlement Agreement for Simplified Dissolution of Marriage – 11/12
    RTF / PDF*
    *This form will be made electronically fill-able soon. Temporarily, the form can be printed out and typed into or filled in by hand. It is a fully official court form, as it stands.
  • (i) Affidavit of Corroborating Witness – 10/12/2006
    RTF / PDF
  • (j) Notice of Social Security Number – 09/21/2000
    RTF / PDF / WEB FORM

Required Local Forms

The following Local Forms are required forms that must be filed by a self-represented (pro se) litigant who has filed a dissolution of marriage petition in this judicial circuit.

Click here for the form for a Motion to Set Final Hearing (11-7-02) (59K .pdf)


If the DOR/CSE has ever been involved with the parties and their minor child(ren) in a support case, you must fill out this form by clicking here for the Notice to Department of Revenue/Child Support Enforcement (28K .pdf)

(Select the Final Judgment appropriate to the dissolution of marriage petition filed in the case.)

Click here for the form for a Final Judgement of Simplified Dissolution of Marriage (37K .pdf)

Click here for the form for a Final Judgement of Dissolution of Marriage with Dependent or Minor Children (proposed) (70K .pdf)

Click here for the form for a Final Judgment for Dissolution of Marriage With Property But No Dependent or Minor Child(ren) (proposed) (42K .pdf)

Click here for the form for a Final Judgement of Dissolution of Marriage with No Property or Dependent or Minor Children (35K .pdf)

Click here for the form for an Income Deduction Order (47K .pdf) (proposed) Required if a support obligation has been requested by a party.