File for Divorce in Florida
Seek Guidance from The Law Office of Paulette Hamilton, P.A.
Divorce can be an emotional and complicated process during which you will have to make many decisions. Understanding all of the ramifications of those decisions is vital as they can have long-term consequences. You will need a trusted advocate who can give you the guidance you need while helping you navigate the many phases of the process.
At The Law Office of Paulette Hamilton, P.A., we have been a proven resource for divorce representation in Orlando since 2011. When you need practical counsel and rigorous protection of your best interests – whether they involve financial matters, children, marital property, or other issues – you can turn to us.
Florida Divorce Case Law
In any divorce, certain issues will need to be addressed and settled between you and your spouse before the divorce can be finalized.
These issues may include:
If you and your spouse have come to an agreement concerning these issues, the process can proceed much more quickly and cost-effectively as an uncontested divorce.
If you and your spouse cannot agree on divorce issues, however, the divorce becomes contested. Your issues may be able to be resolved through further negotiation or through the collaborative law process. Should these methods fail, we can resort to litigation.
What Are Grounds for Divorce in Florida?
As a no-fault divorce state, Florida does not require that either spouse prove marital misconduct as “grounds” for the dissolution of the marriage. Either spouse can file a petition for divorce due to “irreconcilable differences”. The couple can claim that these differences have broken the marriage to the point where there is no hope for restoration. This is considered a “no-fault” divorce because it does not require either spouse to blame the other spouse with a particular fault to justify the divorce.
Another reason that spouses can use in Florida to file for divorce is mental illness. However, these divorces are rare as a no-fault divorce is a much simpler and faster route to take.
Florida Divorce FAQs
Are there residency requirements for divorce in Florida?
Yes, like most states, Florida has a residency requirement for a couple to be able to file for divorce in a Florida court’s jurisdiction. At least one of the spouses needs to be a state resident for 6 months or more before the couple can file for divorce in Florida.
Is there a waiting period for divorce in Florida?
Yes, there is a 20 day waiting period between the time the divorce petition is filed and the time the judge can finalize the divorce decree. The purpose of the waiting period is to allow the couple time to cool down and make sure divorce is really what they want. Of course, divorces often take much longer than 20 days, but that is the minimum time a divorce can take.
People Choose Us For Reliable Divorce Representation in Florida
Making decisions while under the stress of a breakup can be overwhelming. That is why we highly recommend that you seek the caring and sound legal counsel of our attorneys at The Law Office of Paulette Hamilton, P.A. We are here to listen, advise, and educate you and to be upfront about the likelihood of success in pursuing various strategies. Whether your case is simple or extremely complex, we will be with you every step of the way providing the support you need.
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