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What are the grounds for divorce in Florida?
Divorce grounds refer to those legal reasons on which you may base your request to end your marriage. There are two types of divorce grounds; fault-based and no-fault. Fault-based divorce grounds require you to prove to the court that your spouse’s actions or behaviors have caused you to file for divorce. Matters like adultery, physical or mental abuse, desertion, etc. fall under this category.
On the other hand, a no-fault divorce refers to the situation where you and your husband cannot find a way to resolve your differences. In such cases, you may request a divorce based on “irreconcilable differences.” Couples that choose to part ways on no-fault divorce ground can avoid unnecessary anxiety, make the divorce easier on the children, and can save considerable money on legal fees. Our expert family law attorney in Orlando, FL, has helped hundreds of clients protect their wealth in a divorce settlement case.
Alimony payments or spousal support is a payment arrangement that comes into place in the event of a divorce. If your spouse makes more money than you, the court may order your husband or wife to pay a certain sum to you as alimony. However, couples seeking a divorce from a short marriage may not be entitled to pay/receive alimony.
If the court orders you to pay alimony, you must pay the predetermined alimony amount to your spouse until a date set by the judge. The terms of your alimony may also come to an end if your spouse remarries or dies. If your spouse does not take efforts to be self-supporting even after a certain period, your judge may take an alternate decision.
Steps involved in filing a divorce
Although divorces are common in the US, it is a time-consuming and costly affair for couples involved in a divorce case. It starts when one of the spouses file a legal petition for divorce, basing their request on a fault or no-fault ground. You may also ask the court for temporary orders, if you are a stay-at-home parent requiring assistance with child support, spousal support, etc.
After you file a petition, you must serve your spouse and file proof of service to the court. Next step, the court may schedule a settlement conference or a mediation for a couple to resolve issues and negotiate a settlement. If negotiations fail, your divorce case will go for trial. Lastly, your divorce gets finalized when your judge signs the order of dissolution.
If you are considering a divorce, get in touch with Richard West, #1 family law attorney in Orlando, FL. At West Family Law Group, we focus on protecting our clients’ assets and in offering a stable home environment for everyone involved in family litigation.