Divorce (Dissolution of Marriage)
To obtain a divorce in Florida, at least one of the parties must have resided in the State of Florida for six (6) months before filing the Petition For Dissolution of Marriage. This residency requirement is necessary for our Florida courts to have jurisdiction to dissolve a marriage.
Once the court has jurisdiction over the parties, the marriage must be found to be irretrievably broken. In Florida, it is not necessary to prove adultery, abandonment, or any other “cause” for the divorce. If a spouse wants a divorce and believes the marriage is broken, the marriage can be dissolved.
In a divorce, Courts have the authority to do the following:
* Determine Parental Authority (Shared Parental Responsibility or Sole Parental Responsibility);
* Enter a Parenting Plan that establishes timesharing (visitation) and other issues regarding children;
* Divide Assets such as the home, other real property, retirement plans, investments, and businesses;
* Divide Debts such as mortgage obligations, credit cards, student loans, and tax obligations
* Award Alimony (Spousal support);
* Award Attorney’s fees, costs, and other relief
Divorce can have far-reaching effects on your life and the life of your family. We understand and are here to help. Our goal is to minimize the negative impact of divorce on you and your family by advocating for you and guiding you to make wise decisions.