Filing for Divorce in Florida

When the decision to divorce is made, having an experienced attorney to help handle the matter is always the best place to start. In Florida, there are a few ways you can go about dissolving a marriage, which we’ll outline here in this blog. If you have any questions or require further clarification, please call our office.

In order to file for divorce in Florida, either spouse must have lived in Florida for at least six months prior to filing. The spouse seeking divorce must file either in the circuit court or county where they live. They are referred to as the, “Petitioner” for the rest of the proceedings. The, “Respondent” is the spouse who will be receiving the filing.

A petitioner files a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage.  The respondent has 20 days to file an Answer or Counter Petition, if they do not, the petitioner may file a Motion for Default and set a final hearing. They must also notify the respondent with a Notice of Hearing.

If they do respond to the initial Petition for Dissolution of Marriage, and agree with the terms of dissolution, an uncontested, or simplified dissolution can be sought. If there disagreements with the terms, an experienced lawyer can make all the difference.

It’s important to choose a divorce lawyer whom you can trust. Thomas Yardley has been practicing family law for more than 20 years and treats each of his cases with compassion and understanding. If you’re filing for divorce in Florida, look no further than Yardley Law.


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