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Divorce in Florida
The Basics
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Divorce in Florida
The Basics
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* Uncontested Divorce
As you may know, the term "jurisdiction" refers to the authority or power of a Court to hear and decide a matter. In Florida, the Courts do not have jurisdiction or the power to hear a divorce case unless at least one of the parties has resided in Florida for a minimum of six months before the filing of the petition for divorce. So, if you have not resided in Florida for six months, you cannot proceed with your divorce in Florida.
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El abogado Acevedo le ofrece servicios legales a la comunidad de los Condados de Seminole y Volusia y le puede asistir con la preparación de su caso de familia. Si usted necesita ayuda con su caso de divorcio, custodia de menores, visitas, pensión, o cualquier otro tipo de caso de familia, llegó al sitio corecto.
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It should be noted that venue is one of those legal matters that can be waived by the parties. Going back to our original example of the married couple in Seminole County that decided to divorce, even though the divorce would be properly filed in Seminole County, if the spouse who moved to Volusia County filed for divorce in Volusia County and the Seminole County spouse did not object, the divorce case would be allowed to proceed in Volusia County.
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In contrast to jurisdiction, "venue" refers to the location where a case should be filed. For purposes of a divorce in Florida, venue is typically established in the county where the marriage last existed. For example, if a married couple resided together in Seminole County, decided to divorce, and one of the parties moved to Volusia County, their divorce case would be properly filed in Seminole County, not in Volusia County.
Filing your Divorce in Florida in the Proper County
Of course many divorces in Florida do not follow the above fact pattern. Take for example someone who has moved from another state to Volusia County, Florida. After the person has resided in Florida for six months and jurisdiction for the divorce in Florida has been established, the filing of the divorce case in Volusia County would be proper.
This example assumes that the couple does not have any minor children, though. If the married couple has children that are still minors, the Court would still be able to grant the divorce in Florida. However, the authority of the Court to make any decisions regarding the minor children may be limited depending on other factors.
After you have determined that you can file your divorce in Florida and you know where you are supposed to file it, you will need to consider what you are going to include in your petition given that your file will be open to the public for review. Years ago, in order to get a divorce in Florida, a person had to prove that their spouse had wronged them somehow and that the acts or omissions of the spouse fit into one of the statutory grounds for divorce available. If, for whatever reason, the person could not prove the wrongdoing, the divorce in Florida would be denied.
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But, if the Seminole County spouse does object, the case would likely be transferred to Seminole County and the Volusia County spouse would have to pay the costs associated with the transfer and possibly some attorney fees to the other side. Therefore, if you are contemplating filing a divorce in Florida, make sure that you file in the proper county so that your case will not suffer an unnecessary delay and so that you do not incur unnecessary fees as a result of a transfer.
As you can imagine, this led to problems in the Courts for people who were trying to divorce in Florida. On the one hand, those couples that were in agreement that they should divorce were forced to lie to the Court in order to "prove" the wrongdoing. And on the other hand, those who were unable to prove the wrongdoing were unable to divorce in Florida and were forced to stay married.
Then, Florida became a "no fault" divorce state. This meant that persons seeking to divorce in Florida no longer had to allege and prove that they had been wronged by their spouse according to the previous statutory grounds. It became sufficient for one spouse to assert that the marriage was "irretrievable broken" and that the marriage was no longer sustainable.
More than 40 years later, this is still the law in Florida and persons filing for divorce in Florida will ultimately get their wish even if one of the spouses does not want to divorce. Nevertheless, if any aspects of a divorce in Florida are litigated, the entry of the Final Judgment of Dissolution of Marriage, which is sometimes referred to as the divorce decree, may be delayed.
Additionally, if one of the spouses denies that the marriage is finished, the Court may order the parties to undergo counseling and may continue a case for up to three months to allow the parties to reconcile. In practice though, Courts are generally hesitant to order counseling for purposes of a reconciliation if one of the spouses is adamant that the marriage cannot be saved.
You don't have to go through a Divorce in Florida on your own
Going through a divorce in Florida can be a very difficult time in a person's life. Because so much can be at stake, it may be a good idea to become as informed as possible about the law and the process. Following is a brief introduction regarding the basics of a divorce in Florida. After reviewing it, please consider reviewing our brief overview of the Florida Divorce Laws.
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