|The official term for divorce in Florida is "dissolution of marriage."
is one of the many states that has abolished fault as a ground for
divorce. This law lessens the potential harm to the husband and wife
and their children caused by the process of divorce. All that is
required is that the marriage be "irretrievably broken." Either spouse
can file for the dissolution of marriage. All that has to be proved is
that a marriage exists, one party has been a Florida resident for six
months, and the marriage is broken. (There is another, little-used
ground: incompetency of one's spouse). Fault, however, may be
considered under certain circumstances in the award of alimony and
determination of custody issues.
Each divorce case is unique
and therefore settlements vary. Even though fault is not an issue, the
division of property and possessions and responsibility for support may
become contested matters.
The divorce process is highly emotional
and traumatic for everyone it touches. Marriage partners often do not
know their legal rights and obligations. Court clerks and judges can
answer some of your basic questions but are prohibited from giving
legal advice. Only your lawyer is allowed to do that. Court procedures
must be strictly followed or you may lose certain rights forever. It is
recommended that you obtain the services of an attorney concerning
legal questions, your rights in a divorce, your children's rights, your
property rights, your responsibilities resulting from the marriage or
tax consequences. As a knowledgeable Orlando Divorce Lawyer, I can
analyze your unique situation, and can help you to make decisions in
the best interest of you and your family.
Reasons for divorce include the following:
- Emotional or Financial Abuse
- Child Abuse
- Drub Abuse and Alcoholism
To obtain a
dissolution of marriage in Florida, at least one spouse must have been
a Florida resident for six months or more before the case is filed.
There are two ways of getting a divorce, or dissolution, in Florida.
The usual way is called a "Regular Dissolution of Marriage." The second
method is the "Simplified Dissolution of Marriage".