When you get a divorce in Florida, it's called a dissolution of marriage. A dissolution of marriage does not require a fault. That means that you can get a divorce at any time as long as you meet the current requirements within the state. For example, you'll need to show that either you or your spouse have lived as residents in Florida for six months at the time of filing.
While a fault isn't necessary to get a divorce, it's sometimes a good idea to put one into the divorce documents. Why? It can help you obtain alimony, affect the distribution of your assets and even help you with child custody negotiations. For instance, if your spouse has been committing adultery, it could be a sign that he or she shouldn't have primary custody and that his or her character is such that he or she caused the breakdown of the marriage. As a result, he or she may be asked to pay alimony or to give up certain assets that might have otherwise been divided differently.
Every divorce case is different, so there are few standards that have to be met by each case. This can make a divorce particularly difficult for some individuals, since there are no real guidelines on how to proceed. For this reason, it's a good idea to talk to your attorney about what you want to see happen during your divorce when it comes to alimony, your separation, child custody and other important factors.
Our website has more information about divorces. Not every marriage can be saved, but with help, a divorce can go smoothly.