Florida's requirements for divorce

Floridians who find their marriages deteriorating often turn to divorce to bring their relationships to an end and to secure a fresh start. This process often involves blame, with each party accusing the other of causing marital strife. Before proceeding with marriage dissolution though, individuals need to fully understand the requirements that must be met before a court will grant a dissolution petition.

Florida is a no-fault state. This means that parties to a divorce do not need to indicate who is to blame for the relationship's deterioration. Instead, the parties can merely claim that the marriage is irretrievably broken. No specifics have to be given as to why that marriage is irretrievably broken. However, the facts that have played into the breakdown may need to be presented when addressing certain issues such as alimony, property division, and the child custody and visitation.

This is not the only requirement necessary to successfully secure divorce in Florida. In addition to claiming irretrievable breakdown, it must be shown that the marriage actually exists before a court can dissolve it. Also, at least one party to the marriage needs to have been a Florida resident for at least six months prior to the filing for dissolution.

Every divorce is different. The facts involved can have a tremendous impact on the resolution of nearly all divorce legal issues. The matter can be emotionally trying for parents and children who go through this process, and the results can have far-reaching ramifications. This is why Floridians who are going through the marriage dissolution process need to ensure that they take the steps necessary to protect their best interests. Competent divorce attorneys stand ready to help guide Floridians through this often times complex process.

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