If you are planning to file for divorce in Florida, it is important to understand that there are certain timing requirements that must be met. To be eligible for a Florida divorce, one of the spouses must reside within the state for at least six months prior to filing the petitions. The final judgment terminating the marriage cannot be entered until a minimum of 20 days have elapsed from the date the petition for divorce was filed. There are some exceptions to the general rule, however. For example, if one of the parties to the marriage can show that injustice would result from the delay, the court may grant the divorce at an earlier date. The legal grounds for a Florida divorce is if the marriage is “irretrivably broken” or one of the parties to the marriage has a mental incapacity for a period of at least three years.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, an estimated 80% of Florida marriages end in divorce. When compared with other states, Florida is ranked as having the 8th highest divorce rate in the nation.
Divorce impacts every aspect of your life. Thus, it is important to retain an Orlando divorce attorney that is fully equipped to answer your questions regarding how your family and your finances will be affected, including issues such as:
- Child custody
- Parenting time or visitation rights
- Child support
- Property and asset division
- Spousal support or alimony
- Modifying existing divorce decrees
If you (or your spouse) live in Florida and you are ending your marriage, it is important that you seek the advice of a seasoned and knowledgeable divorce attorney. No matter how long you have been married, divorce involves a variety of complex issues and we can help ensure that your best interests are protected.