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How Long Do You Need to be Separated in the State of Florida Before Filing for Divorce?

The process of divorce itself can be lengthy and certainly exhausting. Add to this the mental and emotional toll your marriage has had on you in the months or years leading up to divorce, and you may find yourself asking if there are any ways to speed up the process.

One good thing to note in terms of timeline is that the law does not require you to separate prior to filing for divorce in the state of Florida. While many couples choose to take this step anyway, it is not a prerequisite for divorce. As a “no fault” state for divorce, either spouse can ask for a divorce at any time without providing a reason other than citing irreconcilable differences within the marriage.

What residency requirements are needed to file for divorce in Florida?

While separation is not required for divorce, if couples do decide to separate, one thing, however, is clear: According to Florida Statute 61.021, in order to obtain a dissolution of marriage, one of the parties to the marriage must reside in the state for at least six months immediately prior to filing the petition for divorce.

Let us guide you

Divorces are complex, and the laws surrounding them can make this stressful process even more difficult. But we’re here for you. At the Vasquez de Lara Law Group, we are dedicated to helping you get the best judgment possible in all matters regarding family law. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help.