On behalf of The Law Office of Gustavo E. Frances, P.A.
Florida has a reputation for its beautiful beaches and laid back way of life, but it has also become known for an ugly rate of divorces in recent years – the fourth highest ranking state for divorce, in fact, at a population of 13.2 percent.
If you find yourself in the midst of a difficult divorce, our divorce attorney in Fort Lauderdale, FL at The Law Office of Gustavo E. Frances, P.A., based in Fort Lauderdale, are extremely well-versed in the divorce court proceedings and sensitive to all of the issues and challenges that can arise.
Why Is the Divorce Rate So High in Florida?
Research in publications throughout the state reveal that there are a few factors:
- Florida’s high rate of immigration, compared to the rest of the United States. In pursuit of the American dream, couples who instead experience unexpected hardships when moving to Florida learn that this may contribute to putting a strain on their marriage.
- High rate of older couples (up to 20 percent) moving into Florida, many of them over the age of 65, whose divorce rate has tripled since the 1990s.
- High rate of couples moving to Florida for the warm weather, thinking our tropical vacation destination will save their marriage, but the change of location does not help.
- Florida is a no-fault divorce state, which means you do not need to provide any reason for filing for divorce, only that it is irretrievably broken and cannot be repaired. (Another ground for divorce in Florida is if a spouse has been mentally incapacitated for three years.)
What is the Divorce Process in Florida?
First, to file paperwork for a divorce in Florida, one of the spouses are required to have lived in the state for at least six months. You must file in the county where you live. The only exception to this is if you are in the military and a Florida resident, but you are stationed somewhere outside of the state when the paperwork is filed.
The next step (within 45 days of filing for divorce): you must submit a signed financial affidavit that includes this information about your:
- Tax returns
- Bank and credit card statements
- Any other personal financial statements
The submission of this financial information will help us more easily guide you through this difficult time in your life. We will know how to better protect you and your children’s future, and strategize the best way to present your case in court.
Why Should You Hire a Divorce Attorney in Florida
Whether you are facing a divorce in Florida that is amicable or confrontational, you will need a Fort Lauderdale divorce attorney on the team of The Law Office of Gustavo E. Frances, P.A., all extremely experienced in this area of law and well-known to make the entire process as smooth, cost-efficient, and convenient as possible.