What is the First Step Towards Getting Divorced in Florida?

The first step toward getting a divorce in Florida is to try. Try counseling, therapy, a vacation, or anything that you think will help you and your spouse begin to reconcile the damaged bond between you. If that did not work, or is simply not an option, and you would like to go through with the divorce then the first thing you should do is check to see that you meet the residency requirements. In the state of Florida, the residency requirement is that one spouse must be a Florida resident for at least six months before filing the petition for divorce.

Once that is determined, and you and your spouse both decide that your marriage is irretrievably broken, you file the Petition for Dissolution of Marriage. This document outlines the claims you are making regarding things like child support, timesharing with minor children, alimony, division of property and debts, and other matters among these lines.

A process server usually serves the party the divorce papers and once that happens, the rules and procedures of the various courts and their requirements will come into effect. If there are children involved in the divorce, the state of Florida requires that parents attend a “Children and Divorce” seminar. The parents do not have to attend together; however, both spouses must partake in the seminar.

To reiterate, the first step towards a divorce is to try and reconcile your differences because divorce is hard on everyone involved: spouses, friends, family, and especially children. If you and your spouses are unable to move forward with your marriage, the first thing you need to do is file a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage.

This post was written by David Hurvitz. Follow David on Google+.