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Divorce in Florida 

Divorce in Florida is formally referred to as “dissolution of marriage.” Florida has established two types of divorce process: 1) A simplified dissolution of marriage and 2) A regular dissolution of marriage. In order to file for either, you or your spouse must have lived in the state for the previous six months. Florida only has a no-fault divorce process which essentially means that your marriage is “irretrievably broken.” 

Thus, neither you nor your spouse has to provide any “fault” grounds or evidence showing that marital misconduct caused the marriage to fail. This can mean the divorce process can proceed faster when you and your spouse do not have to litigate any factors pertinent to the dissolution. However, where one spouse has engaged in misconduct, it may be considered by the judge in matters such as child custody, property division, or alimony.

The factors that must be resolved in any Florida divorce include the following:

When you and spouse cannot agree on a divorce settlement of these factors, your case becomes contested and will require the decision of a family court judge. 

Florida’s Simplified Dissolution of Marriage

The simplified dissolution of marriage is essentially a streamlined divorce process. However, you must meet certain qualifications for this. These include that you have no minor children, neither of you is seeking alimony, you have already made a written property settlement, and you both agree to the simplified process. This process requires that you forfeit your right to a divorce trial. 

Florida’s Regular Dissolution of Marriage

This is a more traditional process where you or your spouse files a petition with the court. The petitioner will provide information about the reason for the divorce and what he or she is seeking in marital property, child custody/timesharing, child support, and alimony. This petition is then delivered to the other spouse who may either agree with the terms of the petition or file his or her own answer to it. In some cases, where you and your spouse cannot agree, mediation may be required. If this fails, your case will need to be litigated in front of a judge. 

Ocala Divorce Lawyer 

Serving Clients in Marion, Citrus, Lake, Sumter & Hernando Counties 

Aside from the death of a loved one, divorce is one of the most stressful and emotional experiences in one’s lifetime. Divorce involves the physical, emotional, and financial separation of you from your spouse. It can be complicated, messy, and, above all, highly-charged. People divorce for all kinds of reasons and those reasons may infuse the process with resentment, anger, spite, revenge, and a myriad of other emotions. Because of this and the financial, logistic, and other issues involved, having the steady hand, cool head, and highly-knowledgeable legal mind of a divorce expert can be invaluable. 

At the Law Office of Melissa K. Hancock, P.A., you can work with a Florida Board Certified Specialist in Marital and Family Law. Attorney Melissa Hancock brings the highest level of legal expertise to your divorce. She has negotiated many divorce settlements for Florida clients as well as litigated them in family courts. Her years working in divorce and family law have given her an extensive understanding of how the laws, past rulings, the process, and the courts can impact your case. She also understands the emotional rollercoaster you may be on as you go through your divorce and how this can affect your decisions and your emotional stability. Throughout it all, she can provide the expert help and care you need at such a difficult time.

Contact the Law Office of Melissa K. Hancock, P.A. online or by calling (352) 310-0136 to arrange for a consultation about your potential or pending divorce.

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