Preparing for divorce is not an easy thing to do. In addition to gathering important documents, developing an asset separation strategy, negotiating for custody arraignments, and determining child support and alimony, you should also make sure you are familiar with the divorce laws that Florida has.
Nearly 40% of marriages will end in divorce. Considering how common divorce is, it is important to know what kind of laws may apply to your divorce. Here are a few things you could know about getting a divorce in Florida:
You need to live here long enough
Now anyone can get a divorce in Florida. Before someone files for divorce, they or their spouse needs to have lived in the state for at least six months. If neither of you meets this requirement, you will need to try filing for divorce in your previous state of residence.
How Florida divides an estate
Florida divides marital assets through “equitable distribution,” which means that a just will split things fairly but not always evenly. A couple can decide on their own to split things, but if they can’t, they may not be satisfied with how the judge splits it. A judge will look at factors like duration of the marriage, income levels and marital contributions.
The likelihood of spousal support
Despite what some people may think, alimony is not a guarantee in Florida. Like asset division and child support, a judge will look at the unique marital factors (including if there is a financial need for it and if the other spouse can pay) before determining if alimony is necessary.
Get the guidance you need
If you are considering getting a divorce in Florida, make sure you know the laws that relate to the process. Contact an experienced Florida family law attorney to begin preparing for your divorce while also in line with any state laws that may interfere with the process.