DIVORCE AND DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE
Has your marriage unfortunately reached the end of the road? If so, then it may be time for you to finally file for divorce. In Florida, a divorce can be granted for the following reasons only: irreconcilable differences or mental incapacity (must be mentally incapacitated for the past 3 years). Florida is a “no-fault” divorce state, so you do not have to allege that your spouse did something wrong i.e. adultery. At least one of the spouses must have been a resident of Florida for at least 6 months prior to the filing of the divorce petition. The court will also address equitable distribution (the divvying up of the spouses’ assets, debts and property.) Please understand that equitable means “fair” and not necessarily “equal”; see Fla. Stat. §61.075 for a list of factors that are considered when determining what is “equitable.” If children are involved, then the court will also address the determination of child support as well.
The court can also grant alimony or financial support to either party due to a dissolution of marriage, see Fla. Stat. §61.08. There must be a financial need by one spouse and the ability to pay the alimony by the other spouse. Alimony can either be short-term or long-term and is case-specific.
Since there are so many factors at play during a divorce, please make sure that your rights and interests are protected. Please call us at 321-329-5449 to schedule a divorce consultation today.
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