There are two kinds of divorce cases in Florida – contested and uncontested. An uncontested case is one where the spouses agree on the major issues like alimony, child support, and child custody. If the parties cannot agree, the case is contested. For more information on uncontested divorce, click here.
Florida is a “no-fault” state so you do not need to prove that your spouse did anything wrong to get a divorce. In fact, courts are authorized to grant a divorce even if one spouse does not want or consent to the divorce.
There are two minimum requirements to qualify for a divorce in Florida. First, one of the parties must have been a Florida resident, as defined by statute, for at least six months before filing for divorce. Second, the marriage must be irretrievably broken – meaning that it cannot be salvaged or repaired through counseling or any other means.
The vast majority of Florida divorce cases end in settlement. But some cases simply cannot be settled. Maybe the other side is being unreasonable. Or maybe there is a genuine disagreement between the parties that is so fundamental that there is no common ground to find. When that happens, the case goes to a trial or final hearing as it is called in family court.
The most common issues a court must decide in a divorce case include alimony, child custody, child support, and division of property. These can be complicated issues and it’s important to have an attorney with significant trial and litigation experience on your side.
The divorce process is complex and can seem confusing to someone trying to navigate through it on his or her own. We’re here to help.
Contact us online or call us at (954) 430-1868 to schedule your initial consultation with Fort Lauderdale Child Support Lawyer Andrew Foster so that you can learn more about your rights and options.