When you and/or your spouse have decided that your marriage cannot be repaired, divorce is often the best choice for everyone involved. If you are planning to file for divorce, or if your spouse has already begun the process, it is important to obtain advice and guidance from an experienced Florida family law attorney.
About Divorce in Florida
You can file for divorce in Florida if either spouse has lived in the state for at least six months. Florida is a no-fault divorce state, which means that either spouse can begin divorce proceedings simply by stating that the marriage cannot be saved. The length and complexity of a divorce case depends on a variety of factors, including whether there are children involved, whether the spouses are in agreement on most issues and how many assets the spouses own.
If you and your spouse have no children and have reached an agreement regarding the division of your properties and debts, you may qualify for a streamlined divorce process that can save you both time and money. However, if you don’t meet these requirements, a standard divorce process will be required.
Child Custody and Child Support
If you and your spouse have minor or dependent children, both child custody and support orders will typically be established during the divorce process. In the state of Florida, all child custody arrangements are made based on the best interests of the children involved. In most cases, the noncustodial parent will be able to spend time with the child based on a visitation schedule approved by the court. In Florida, this arrangement is known as “time-sharing.” In general, parents are recommended to negotiate this schedule on their own. However, if you and your spouse cannot reach an agreement, the court will establish a schedule for you.
In addition, the noncustodial parent will typically be required to make regular child support payments to the custodial parent. The amount of these payments will depend on the parents’ income, as well as other factors.
After the divorce is final, the circumstances that determined the child support and/or custody arrangements may change. If this occurs, you may request a modification to one or both of these orders.
Contact an Attorney
If you are dealing with divorce or a related issue, please contact Law Office of Kelly A. Thompson, P.A., today to schedule a consultation.