Filing for Divorce in Jacksonville, FL
Serving Clients Throughout Duval, Clay, Nassau, St. Johns, & Other North Florida Counties
If you are thinking about getting a divorce, or if you have been served with a petition for dissolution of marriage, you need to think about the long-term as well as find solutions to immediate practical problems about who is going to live where, interim child support, or custody and visitation of the children.
Working with an experienced and detailed attorney can help provide you with legal counsel you need to quickly and effectively resolve issues that might arise in your divorce.
Common Issues that Arise in Divorces
Cindy Lasky focuses her practice on family law, and you will benefit from her experience and counsel on such issues as the following:
Florida Grounds for Divorce
Before you can file for divorce in Florida, you need to meet a residency requirement. The requirement states that at least one spouse must have been a Florida resident for at least six months before you can file. Since Florida is a no-fault divorce state, you don’t provide grounds for your divorce when you file. Instead, you simply need to state that your marriage is irretrievably broken.
There’s another option for couples with few assets and no children called a simplified divorce. A simplified divorce allows for less time in court and less paperwork. To qualify for a simplified divorce, you and your spouse must meet the following requirements:
- No kids under the age of 18 (biological or adopted)
- The wife cannot be pregnant
- At least one party has lived in Florida for 6 or more months
- Both parties have agreed on asset division and debt division
- Both parties agree that the union is irretrievably broken
How Long Do You Have to Live in Florida Before You Can Get a Divorce?
Florida Statute 62.021 says that if an individual wishes to file for a dissolution of marriage, then at least one of the parties must have lived in the state of Florida for at least six months before filing. Even if the other spouse decides to move across state lines, or hasn't lived in Florida at all, the spouse that is petitioning for the divorce can still successfully file near their local courts.
Is Florida a 50/50 State When it Comes to Divorce?
The state of Florida utilizes a system of equitable distribution for property division. This means that any property acquired during a marriage are considered marital assets and will be dispersed to each party by the court. A judge will determine what is fair and equitable for each spouse, by examining factors such as:
- Age and health of each spouse
- Length of the marriage
- Contributions made by each spouse during the marriage
A Focused & Established Attorney
We work with you to learn more about you and your specific family law situation. This can allow us to develop legal strategies based on your specific long-term legal goals. We can help ensure that you are fully aware of your case and provide you with honest information. Cindy Lasky is also experienced with resolving the issues that can arise specifically in military divorces. Our legal team can provide unique insight particularly due to Attorney Lasky’s long career representing military families.