Florida law refers to a divorce as a “dissolution of marriage.” A spouse can file for a dissolution of marriage in Florida if basic requirements are met, such as:
- A valid marriage;
- One of the spouses has been a resident of Florida for a period of six months or more; and,
- The marriage is “irretrievably broken,” or in other words, there is nothing that can repair the marriage.
It is not necessary that the spouses were married in Florida.
Because of the complexities of a marriage—properties, mortgages, children, financial accounts, retirement accounts, and debts—it is important to retain a skilled and experienced attorney who understands how Florida law will affect you and who will consider important aspects including:
- Protecting non-marital assets;
- Division of Marital Assets and Debt Allocations;
- Child support;
- Timesharing and Relocation;
When spouses separate amicably, a Marital Settlement Agreement resolving the issues between the parties may be executed and the spouses can be divorced through an uncontested dissolution of marriage. If spouses seriously disagree over any issues including the division of assets and liabilities or matters related to the children, a contested divorce may be initiated so that the Court will ultimately make a decision. Spouses can also consider attending a mediation, either before or after the filing for divorce, to resolve their differences. The attorney’s at Marilyn Colon, P.A. are dedicated to providing professional legal services to help you navigate the economic, emotional and family challenges of your particular situation.
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