What is a Divorce?
A divorce may occur when a married couple pursues legal action to terminate their marital relationship.
All divorces in Florida are no fault, which means neither spouse has to prove the other spouse did anything wrong. Some of the most common reasons for a no fault divorce may include:
- The marriage is irretrievably broken.
- The married couple has irreconcilable differences.
- The marriage is beyond repair as a result of incompatibility or insupportability.
While all divorces are no fault in Florida, some actions during marriage may affect how alimony is awarded in Florida. Potential actions which may affect how alimony is awarded in Florida can include:
- Reckless spending of marital assets
- Physical abuse, mental abuse or cruelty
Divorce and Mediation
Most divorce and family law cases in Florida require opposing parties to participate in mediation. Mediation may be a great way to resolve issues faster, easier and out of court.
One of the major benefits of mediation is that spouses may agree to make their own decisions instead of having a judge make the decision for them. Effective mediation may help resolve issues including time sharing and marital asset distribution.
Divorce vs. Annulment
Some individuals may confuse the term annulment with divorce, since both terms may potentially affect one’s marital status. However, a divorce and annulment affect marriage in different ways.
A divorce terminates a legally valid marriage. Conversely, an annulment proves the marriage was never legally valid in the first place. A marriage may be considered not legally valid for one or more of the following reasons bigamy, forced consent, fraud, mental illness, and underage.
When a marriage is annulled, the couple may not divide marital property in the same way as a divorce. It may be possible for one spouse to retain all of his or her property after an annulment.
Professional Divorce Help
Enlisting the help of an experienced family law attorney can be very beneficial when dealing with a divorce. These attorneys are typically very experienced in dealing with divorce negotiations and may fiercely protect one’s best interest.
The People’s Choice Law Group offers free case evaluations to determine how our divorce lawyers may best assist you with your family law needs. To learn more and get a free case evaluation, contact us today.