Divorce / Dissolution of Marriage
In order to obtain a dissolution of marriage in the State of Florida the marriage must be found to be irretrievably broken. In Florida no other reason (I.e. adultery, abandonment, etc.) is required in order to request dissolution of marriage.
In addition to the marriage being irretrievably broken, at least one of the parties must have resided in the State of Florida for at least six (6) months prior to filing the Petition For Dissolution of Marriage. This six month period of residence is referred to as jurisdiction and is a prerequisite to maintaining an action for dissolution of marriage in Florida.
Provided these first two (2) criteria are met, Florida Courts have authority to divide assets and liabilities, determine custody and visitation issues, determine child support obligations, determine whether alimony is appropriate, and determine whether one party should contribute toward or pay for the other party’s attorney’s fees and/or costs. If the parties do not, however, believe that the marriage is irretrievably broken or do not meet the six month jurisdictional requirement, they cannot obtain a dissolution of marriage in Florida.