Going through a divorce is an emotionally difficult and stressful situation for you and your family.
Dissolution of Marriage
Known as a “dissolution of marriage” in Florida, divorce can potentially be a complicated process with long-lasting implications for your parental rights, property holdings, and finances. While it is possible to conduct a divorce without legal representation, having an experienced attorney at your side can ensure that your rights are protected.
Florida is a “no-fault” divorce state, meaning that neither spouse must provide evidence of wrongdoing in order to file for a dissolution of marriage. Unlike some states, Florida does not require a couple to be legally separated before filing. There are only three requirements to file for a dissolution of marriage in Florida (FL Statute 61.052):
- The marriage must be legally valid.
- One party has been a Florida resident for at least six months.
- The marriage is “irretrievably broken.”
No two divorces are alike, and the process can be highly emotional or even traumatic for the people involved. Whether the divorce is contested or uncontested, it can be extremely difficult to untangle the legal, parental, and financial relationships between the parties. Florida statutes and case law require an “equitable distribution” of all assets and debts. Depending upon the circumstances, both alimony and child support payments may be involved as part of the dissolution settlement.
Speak To An Experienced Lawyer
Whatever the circumstances of your Florida divorce, the best first step is to contact an experienced family law attorney. The lawyers at Mulligan and Associates can provide the knowledge, expertise, and support you need to resolve your case as efficiently and fairly as possible so you can move on to the next phase of your life. With services in Hernando, Citrus, and Sumter County, we’re committed to meeting the legal needs of residents throughout the Nature Coast of Florida. Contact us today for an initial consultation.