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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.

Author Bio

Vanessa Vasquez de Lara is the founder and owner of Vasquez de Lara Law Group, a Miami family law firm. With over 18 years of experience in family law, she has zealously represented clients in various legal matters, including divorces, child support, child custody, alimony, and other family law cases.

Vanessa received her Juris Doctor from the University of Miami School of Law in 2002 and is a member of the Florida Bar Association. She has received numerous accolades for her work, including being named to the 2015 Super Lawyers Rising Stars and the 2016-2023 Super Lawyers list.

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