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Dissolution of Marriage: What You Need to Know About Divorce in Florida

Florida is a no-fault divorce state. What that means is that the courts must determine that the marriage is “irretrievably broken” as grounds for divorce.

Regardless if you and your spouse are on the same page or not, or if the divorce is contested or uncontested—the final court decision will rest on whether a divorce is essential to a better situation and emotional well-being of both parties.

The dissolution of a marriage is a frustrating legal process that can at times be lengthy. The process can also bring up many complicated issues that could impact the final outcome. Do not sign an agreement without seeking the assistance of an experienced family law attorney first.

We take an aggressive, yet passionate approach to help you navigate the process and work hard to get the results you need to move on with your life.

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Your Guide to a Florida Divorce

General Requirements for Divorce in Florida

  • One spouse must be a Florida resident for at least six months before filing for divorce
  • Present proof that a legal marriage exists
  • You must allege that the marriage is irretrievably broken (beyond repair)

Dissolution of Marriage with Kids

Raising children is a tough job on its own, let alone dissolving a marriage between both parents.

We all agree that the children’s best interests is the primary concern for parents filing for divorce; however, parents are not always on the same page on choosing what school is best for their child(ren), or what extra-curricular activities their child(ren) should be enrolled in.

While both parents ultimately want well-rounded and educated children, the means of achieving that ultimate goal can be different from parent to parent.

Florida refers to custody as time-sharing. Creating a time-sharing agreement, determining parental responsibility, and establishing child support are the three essential components of a dissolution of marriage with dependent children.

Creating a time-sharing agreement, or as the document is referred to, a Parenting Plan, requires lots of experience and must be tailored to the specific needs of each family.

What works for one parent may not work well for the other parent. Also, time-sharing arrangements must be favorable to the children physically and emotionally.

To get the results that work best for your situation, you need a family law attorney that has plenty of experience in this area to assist you in this process.

Post-Judgment Modifications of Dissolution of Marriage

Often times, clients will have issues with their divorce agreements after many years and changed circumstances. Maybe your former spouse is not properly complying with a court order.

Other issues that might require a modification of your divorce agreement could include:

  • Increase time-sharing with your child
  • Collect on overdue child support
  • Relocate to another jurisdiction, or modify an alimony award

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