Legal Representation for Divorce
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If you have tried to make your marriage work but realized that you and your spouse are better apart, it might be time to consider filing for divorce. Of course, this difficult process is best approached with a thoughtful, knowledgeable, and determined advocate by your side.
At George & French, Attorneys at Law, we handle both contested and uncontested divorces. We are also happy to handle your same-sex divorce. Our attorneys work hand-in-hand with clients to favorably resolve any disputes along the way. Though we always strive to settle divorces amicably without litigation, we are prepared to fight for you and your rights at trial. At George & French, Attorneys at Law, we truly care about you and your well-being – and it shows in the quality of our representation.
How Do I File for Divorce in Florida?
Here is the basic outline for the process of filing for divorce:
- We can help you file a petition for dissolution of marriage with the local circuit court or respond to divorce papers with which you have been served.
- If you and your spouse can agree on all decisions – including property division, child custody, alimony, and/or child support – your divorce can be finalized without a trial.
- If there are any disagreements, your case will proceed through the normal course of litigation.
What Are Grounds for Divorce in Florida?
While Florida is considered a no-fault divorce state, there are two options a couple has when filing for divorce in Florida: no-fault divorce and mental incapacity.
Florida is a no-fault divorce state, which means that a spouse simply needs to state that the marriage is “irretrievably broken” without a chance of restoration in order to get a divorce. Other states offer both no-fault and fault grounds for divorce, but Florida only offers divorce based a no-fault grounds.
A spouse can also file for divorce based on the mental incapacity of the other spouse. Mental illness must be occurring for three years before the filing spouse can submit a petition for divorce.
No-fault divorces are much more common as the process is much simpler and faster.
Addressing Every Aspect of Your Divorce
As you move through your divorce proceedings, you will need to make several decisions along the way. If you and your spouse can cooperate, you have the right to make all these decisions yourselves, without any court involvement. If you cannot come to an agreement on the terms of your divorce and proceed with litigation, a court will decide the terms for you.
We can assist you with:
- Property division
- Child custody
- Child support
- Upholding or disputing marital agreements
- Visitation/time sharing
At George & French, Attorneys at Law, our lawyers understand the difficult and emotional situation you are in. We strive to make the process as simple and as stress-free as possible.
Florida Divorce FAQs
What are the residency requirements for divorce in Florida?
For a divorce to fall within a Florida court’s jurisdiction, one or both spouses must be a state resident for 6 months or more before the couple can file for divorce in the state.
What is the waiting period for divorce in Florida?
In most cases, the waiting period for a Florida divorce is 20 days, which means that the divorce can’t be finalized until at least 20 days after it is initially filed.
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