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Legalities of divorce

The end of a marriage can be one of the most upsetting and stressful times in a person's life. It is the ending of their happily ever after and may cause some to feel as though they have failed in some way. The divorce rate in Florida and across the U.S. continues to rise, however, showing divorcees that it is more common than they may think. There are several legalities of divorce that are important to note.

Once upon a time, it was extremely hard for a person to get out of a bad marriage. Before a court would even consider granting a divorce back then, the filer had to show a strong reason why the marriage was irrevocably damaged. Now, in all 50 states, the law allows for a no-fault divorce. One does not have to prove wrongdoing on the part of the other party in order to be granted a divorce.

Of course, before a divorce can be granted, one or both spouses have to file a petition for it. This is sometimes called a Letter of Complaint, or a Complaint for the Dissolution of Marriage. The methods for filing vary from state to state.

Before the divorce petition is filed in Florida, a divorce attorney can help to make sure that the petitioner has been informed on the regulations and laws in their particular state. The attorney can also help the petitioner to notify their spouse that they are filing to end the marriage. It is easier if the split is an amicable one, but both parties do not have to agree in order for one to be granted their divorce.

Source:, "Everything You Need to Know About the Legalities of Divorce", July 20, 2017