The institution of marriage is sacred and requires lots of care and feeding to keep two people together.  Over time conflicts are bound to arise, communication results in arguments and emotions spill over into negative feelings toward your spouse.  When you begin to have thoughts of divorce cross your mind this may be a signal now is the time to seek help.  A 2009 article in Psychology Today suggests that the inability to resolve conflicts may be a major factor in couples divorcing. [1] Do seek out the help of a licensed counselor (referrals available) so the marriage has the opportunity grow through the challenges and come out the other side better and more satisfying for all involved.

In the event the marriage is irretrievably broken then finding a compassionate and highly qualified attorney will make a dramatic difference as you go through the process.  Florida law requires that you be resident of the state for at least six months before filing for divorce.  And, in the state of Florida, there are two grounds for divorce, one, as mentioned, is the marriage is irretrievably broken and the other is that your spouse has been found to be mentally incapacitated.  The mental incapacity must be shown to exist for at least three (3) years so a spouse will have to wait at least three (3) years before filing for divorce.  See Fla. Stat. 61.052(1)(b). [2] If you and your spouse have children Florida law requires that you both complete a seminar on children and divorce.  In that same vein if your spouse argues the marriage is not irretrievably broken, the court, in rare instances, may order you both to seek counseling or put everything on hold for up to three (3) months to see if you can work things out or take other actions in the best interest of the child.

There are several factors that come into play when filing for divorce such as whether the divorce is contested or uncontested, how the amount of time children spend with each parent is determined, what is considered marital and non-martial assets, how the assets divided and how you may be able to receive temporary spousal and or child support during the divorce proceeding.

The attorneys at Feller Law, P.A. are compassionate and have the experience to help guide you through this challenging time.  Call our office today to schedule your consultation.

[1] https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/divorce-grownups/200911/the-six-signals-divorce [2]http://www.leg.state.fl.us/statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&Search_String=&URL=0000-0099/0061/Sections/0061.052.html