Florida Divorce Guide – Section 5


Before or after the petition is filed, some spouses reach an agreement on some or all of the issues. Property division, a parenting plan, spousal support, child support, and attorney’s fees are all possible issues. Parties who have reached an agreement on their desired outcome(s) enter into a written agreement, which is signed by both parties and presented to the court. Parties who have reached an understanding but do not yet have a written agreement may also appear for a final hearing with a proposed settlement that they ask the court to accept and incorporate into a final judgment. In such uncontested cases, a divorce can be finalized in a short period of time.

Rather than leaving decisions to a judge, reaching an agreement allows parties to create terms with which they are more likely to comply.


Finally, some spouses are unable to reach an agreement on all issues, necessitating a final hearing (or “trial”). During the final hearing, each party will present evidence and testimony to the judge, and the judge will make the final decision on the contested issues.



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