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Florida Divorce

In Florida, a divorce is referred to as dissolution of marriage. Sometimes the terms are used interchangeably but they mean the same thing.

Florida is a no fault divorce state. This means that it doesn't matter why you want a divorce, anyone get divorced for any reason. If a spouse has been cheating, the extramarital affair may be relevant to the Court if the cheater has been spending marital funds in the course of the affair. In that case, the innocent spouse may be able to recover funds that have been spent in pursuit of the affair and funds that have been used caring for the paramour.

You must be a Florida resident for 6 months to obtain a divorce in Florida. If there are children involved, the Florida Court can only make decisions if the children have also resided in Florida for 6 months. The County where the marriage was last intact is where the divorce must be filed, unless the parties agree otherwise. Sometimes, individuals of notoriety such as local celebrities or those who may want to maintain privacy may chose to file out of county. This works only when the parties agree.

It makes no difference who files first. The person who files, must serve the other by personal service. The sheriff may be used or a private process server. Once served, the Respondent must answer within 20 days. If there is no answer, the Petitioner who files may seek a default judgment against the other.

Within 45 days of service, the parties must comply with mandatory disclosure, which includes the completion of a financial affidavit. Once this process is complete, the parties will likely attend mediation to resolve any issues upon which they cannot agree.

Finally, the parties will appear in front of the judge who will sign the final judgment of dissolution of marriage.

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