By the time 2020 comes to a close, many Florida residents will file for divorce. Such decisions have significant emotional, financial and legal implications. Those who fare best typically arrange to have strong support networks in place.
In this state, a spouse filing for divorce does not have to prove fault against the other spouse. He or she needs only to file a petition stating that there has been an irreversible breakdown in the marriage. The person filing the petition must include all pertinent issues that must be resolved for settlement, such as child custody, child support, property division or alimony. In some cases, a simplified petition may be filed, such as if no one is requesting alimony and there are no children involved.
As with most legal proceedings, there is a fee attached when filing for divorce. The person filing the petition must also choose one of several options for serving his or her spouse with papers. If a person does not know where his or her spouse is located at the time, it may be necessary to reach out for additional support to know how to address the situation from a legal standpoint.
Another top priority issue in a Florida divorce is finances. Full disclosure on both sides is necessary in order to achieve a fair settlement. If a concerned spouse suspects his or her ex of trying to hide assets, the court’s intervention may be sought to resolve the problem. Every divorce case is unique, and a spouse can best protect his or her rights and financial interests by relying on experienced legal representation in court.
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