Divorce Requirements

Requirements for Divorce in Jacksonville, FL

What are Florida's Dissolution of Marriage Laws?

Before taking steps to initiate the divorce process in Florida, it is important to determine whether or not you would be able to meet the residency requirements.

While this does not mean that you must file for divorce in the state where you were married,

Florida's dissolution of marriage laws require:

  • At least one spouse has to have lived in the state for a minimum of six months prior to their divorce—which would also apply to members of the military who are stationed in Florida.

If this requirement is not met, the court would not have jurisdiction to oversee the case, thus resulting in the dismissal of your petition. For this reason, it is highly recommended that you discuss an appropriate course of action with the lawyer at Charles E. Willmott, P.A. before moving forward with your case.

Establishing Legal Grounds for the Dissolution of Your Marriage

According to Florida Statute § 61.052, a couple cannot legally file for divorce unless they are able to prove at least one reason below is true:

  1. The marriage is irretrievably broken
  2. One spouse has been mentally incapacitated for at least three years

If one spouse were to deny that the marriage is broken beyond repair, the court has the power to order marriage counseling for up to three months. If both spouses are in agreement, however, either party can file a petition for dissolution of marriage with the Family Department of the local circuit court that is located in the county wherein one or both spouses reside.

The court would then serve the other spouse with the divorce papers and give them time to respond. If the couple decides to enter into an uncontested divorce, they could forego a trial, but it is usually necessary for the court to set a date for their hearing.

Meeting Florida's Divorce Requirements with the Help of My Firm

If you are interested in obtaining a permanent dissolution of your marriage, the legal team at Charles E. Willmott, P.A. encourages you to move forward under the knowledgeable advisement of a lawyer. Not only will this help you to ensure that all Florida divorce requirements are met, but you will also be able to rest a little easier knowing that you have a Board Certified divorce expert in your corner.

Attorney Charles E. Willmott can help you take the steps you need to move forward through your divorce. Call our firm today! We offer remote video & Zoom conferences as well.

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