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Divorcing in Florida: No fault required

You thought long and hard about your options, but in the end, you've decided that a divorce is the right choice for your situation. You and many others have made the same decisions, but there are still some things to think about before you can move forward.

The primary concern any attorney or court will have is whether or not your marriage can be saved. It's up to you to decide if you want a divorce, but it's advisable to try methods like marriage counseling to present the breakdown of your marriage. If that's not possible, then you may be right to choose divorce.

A divorce is called a dissolution of marriage in Florida. Florida is a no-fault state, which means you can get a divorce for any reason, not just because your spouse has abandoned you, was abusive or for other serious reasons. To dissolve your marriage, you need to show that your marriage is irretrievably broken. You or your spouse must have lived in Florida for at least six months to be able to file for divorce here.

Remember, divorces don't have to be volatile. If you and your spouse are willing to work together, collaborative techniques may help you resolve your case faster. If you can both agree to your property division, child custody or other agreements, then you can submit those directly to the court for approval instead of waiting for a trial.

Regardless of how you want to move forward, you have a right to protect yourself during a divorce. Our website has more on what you can do to protect your assets and future.

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