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Get The Answers To All Your Divorce Questions

Divorce naturally brings a lot of uncertainty to your life. The sooner you have answers to your questions, the faster you can move forward.

Attorney Tonya Cromartie has been providing Florida clients with information that is uniquely tailored to their situations for decades at The Law Office of Tonya D. Cromartie, P.A. That allows her to create a strategic approach to every case. Below, she provides answers to the most frequently asked questions from clients.

How long do you have to be separated in Florida to get a divorce?

In Florida, there’s no specific time requirement for separation when couples want to get a divorce.

What is the seven-year divorce rule in Florida?

In Florida, any marriage that is under seven years in duration is generally considered a “short-term” marriage. That can affect the type, duration and amount of any alimony that is awarded to either you or your spouse.

Is a Florida divorce always 50/50?

Florida follows the “equitable distribution” rule when it comes to marital assets and debts. That means that your property and liabilities will be divided fairly, but not necessarily equally.

What is a spouse entitled to in a divorce in Florida?

Every divorce is different. In general, both spouses are entitled to keep anything that is considered their separate property and an equitable share of the marital assets and debts. Dependent spouses may also be entitled to alimony.

What is the process of filing for divorce in Florida?

The process starts with filing a petition with the circuit court in the county where at least one spouse has lived for six months.

What is a simplified dissolution in Florida and who qualifies for it?

A simplified dissolution is a procedure couples can use to get divorced when they agree that the marriage is “irretrievably broken,” so long as they have no issues for the court to decide and no children or alimony is involved. Couples have to work to complete the paperwork, agree to attend the final hearing together and give up their right to any trial or appeal.

How is the length of the marriage relevant in a divorce proceeding in Florida?

Generally speaking, a long-term marriage will require more negotiations and be more difficult to end than a short-term marriage. Alimony is also less likely to be awarded for any significant time in a short-term marriage.

How does the court handle child support obligations in Florida?

Child support obligations are determined based on several factors. The guidelines look at each parent’s income and the custody arrangements.

What happens if a divorce involves children and one party denies that the marriage is irretrievably broken?

The court may order the couple to attend counseling to see if the relationship can be repaired. This can extend the proceedings for up to three months.

Get A Lawyer Who Will Fight For You

When you are going through a divorce, it is important to keep the future in mind. Talk to a lawyer who always keeps the long view in sight. Call The Law Office of Tonya D. Cromartie, P.A., at 386-319-2658 or reach out online to schedule a consultation at the firm’s Daytona Beach office today.