Getting a divorce in Florida, even a high asset divorce, can be a simple matter. Unfortunately, the odds of agreeing with your soon-to-be ex-spouse are not favorable. In the case of any divorce in Florida, there are steps that need to be taken.
Florida is called a “no fault” divorce state because either party in a marriage can tell the court that the marriage has “irretrievably broke” and a divorce can be granted as long as both of you meet certain standards.
One of you must have been a resident of the state for six months before you can file for divorce at all. Once you have filed, the other spouse gets to provide an “Answer” to the court and gives that spouse a chance to tell the court what he or she feels and thinks.
Sometimes, a spouse will disagree with the basic tenets of the initial filing. Such things as spousal support, the portioning out of assets, property and debt can be sticking points. If there are children involved, the question of legal and physical custody can arise, along with child support issues.
Some couples try to get together to make decisions together regarding their divorce, thus saving the time the court would need to hear both sides of the story. The process really needs an experienced attorney because if you agree on most things but there is just that one issue you can’t resolve, you attorney can help you out with this in mediation.
Can you begin to see that getting an attorney involved in the process early can be a good idea? This person has so much knowledge about what the court expects and what the law states that he or she will be a real asset at a time like this.
Source: FindLaw, “Divorce in Florida,” accessed May. 12, 2015