What Are Grounds For Divorce In Florida?

by Robin Roshkind, Esquire, West Palm Beach, Florida

There are many reasons to divorce.  Among the most common are problems with in laws and children in extended families, money problems, addiction to drugs, sex, alcohol, gambling, shopping or whatever.  There could be mental health issues such as depression, paranoia, or a bi polar personality.  There could be mental or physical abuse or repeated domestic violence.  A marriage can be a sham without a basis, just for immigration purposes, for example, or for health insurance.

There could be fraud in the inducement, (riches, babies) and the spouse finds out too late that whatever attracted him/her to the marriage is not true. 

There are many reasons to divorce.  But in the State of Florida, the only grounds you need to divorce include a 6 month residency, and a declaration that the marriage is irretrievably broken.  That’s it.  All other grounds are emotional ones, not legal ones. 

Are these emotional grounds relevant?  In some circumstances, when it comes to dividing the marital estate, marital debt, and providing support, they could be.  But Florida is a no fault state.  If you meet the residency requirement and declare the marriage irretrievably broken, you will get your divorce.  For more information about this or other divorce topics, call one of the Palm Beach divorce lawyers at ROBIN ROSHKIND, P.A. at 561 835 9091 or click on the Firm’s web site at http://www.familylawwpb.com for more information.


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