Divorce in Florida

The state of Florida refers to divorce as a dissolution of marriage. If you are considering divorce, you should hire a divorce attorney Davie to help represent you in court.

Here are some facts about divorce cases in Florida:

Residency:At least one of the partners must be a Florida resident for a minimum of six months. The only exception are members of the Armed forces who were stationed in the State.

Collaborative divorce: Collaborative divorce is usually a less expensive and quicker route to end things with your partner. If you both can agree on the terms of your divorce, you can get divorced without going to trial.

Filing for divorce: To begin, one of the partners must file a “Petition for Dissolution of Marriage” with thelocal circuit court Family Department. The other spouse is then served with the paperwork. The divorce will not have to reach a trial stage if both partners can agree on the distribution of assets, debts, and responsibility of children (if any).In case of any disagreement, the case can be decided in trial.

Asset distribution:Florida law follows the principles of equitable distribution of property. Alimony is decided based on the length of the marriage, the standard of living, the physical condition of both partners, and other factors.

SHARED PARENTAL RESPONSIBILITY:Florida no longer recognizes the term “Custody”.  Florida usually grants shared parental responsibility to both parents. There are some instances where a parent will be granted sole parental responsibility; however, that is rare and is usually granted under special circumstances. Timesharing between the parents and minor children will also be determined by several factors.  Either way, it is important to hire a divorce attorney Davie to assist you in all the aspects of your divorce case.